Jamaica Wedding by Raquel Reis
January 26, 2012
Montego Bay

Imagine getting married in a place where the likes of Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy escaped to get away...seem like a dream? Well after drooling over this Round Hill Hotel wedding by Raquel Reis, I can confirm that a wedding in such a place definitely looks like a dream. The entire affair has that effortless glamour those starlets were known for - and the bride and groom? Well they are equally as stunning as the gorgeous Jamaican surroundings. They filled their big day with the most darling details making their intimate beach wedding the perfect mix of casual and elegant, which makes it worthy of any starlet - or even better this couple's nearest and dearest. See it all here!

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From the bride... When it came to planning I knew right away I wanted to have it at the Round Hill hotel. The hotel, a former pineapple plantation had the exact style I wanted. It was a glamorous but carefree, a place that housed icons like Babe Paley (my favorite is the Slim Aarons photograph of her in her villa!), Grace Kelly, Noel Crawford and Jackie Kennedy. It was small enough that you can see everyone and large enough that all my guests could stay there. Growing up, my family loved the 1950’s — loved Frank Sinatra and the casual elegance that surrounded that time, so when I saw the place, I fell in love. We actually stayed in villa 25 where is where JFK practiced his now-famous inaugural speech.

We tried to include as much of our family in our ceremony. I wore my grandmother’s vintage diamond chandelier earrings and was married in my other grandmother’s wedding band. Our kiddish cup was used in David’s brother’s wedding, we had two tallis’ on the table under the chuppah. One was David’s and one was my grandfather’s whose name was also David. It was to symbolize the old and the new. The ceremony was located on the other side of the Infinity Pool on a cliff overlooking the ocean. There was a candle lit passage way spanning the entire hotel that led to the reception! My mom and I had a stamp created with myself and David’s monogram that Neither Snow made. All three of us stamped each muslin bag with it, and then we restrung the bags with linen and white butchers' twine. Instead of favors, we wanted to incorporate our dog Frankie — who is the love of our lives — so we donated money in everyone’s honor to an animal charity and wrote it on the menu! My mom hand made all the happy tears hankies – she had a stamp made on etsy that said “B+D” like david’s cufflinks and hand-stamped each of them.

The most special moment was at the rehearsal dinner when all the guests lit Khom Loy lanterns. Khom Loy lanterns are meant to bring good fortune and also represented where we would be going on our honeymoon… Thailand!

Wedding Photography: Raquel Reis / Venue + Catering: Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica / Calligraphy + Monogrammed Stamp: Mara Zepeda of Neither Snow / Save the Dates: iomoi / Postcards + Postage Stamps: Designed by Bride and Her Mother on Zazzle / Vintage Stamps: Precious Owl / Flowers: Paulette of Tai Flora / Wedding Gown: J. Mendel / Butcher's Twine: The Twinery / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dolce & Gabbana via Net-a-Porter / Shoes: Custom Christian Louboutin / Groom's Outfit: Ralph Lauren / Groom's Cufflinks: Jeneri Jewelry / Wedding Stationery: Anita Katz Forster Design (Owned by bride's mother, artfulwall@aol.com)