Bahamas Wedding from Jenelle Kappe Photography
September 4, 2012
CasualBeach Weddings
To say I am obsessed with this too-good-for-words Harbour Island wedding by Jenelle Kappe Photography would be the understatement of the century. The bride, who also happens to be the co-founder of Cocotay, an amazing jewelry line out of NYC, put together an event brimming with history, heart, character + beach-perfect color. The couple's wedding theme of "Black Tie and Barefoot" set the tone for a truly gorgeous, but laid-back fête, and believe me pretties, you'll be spending some serious time in the full gallery!

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From Jenelle Kappe Photography: Coco, the bride, is a jewelry designer - Cocotay. It is her and her twin sister that run the company. Hence the amazing jewelry that is seen throughout this wedding. Not to mention the Brass Invitation that was sent to everyone of the 100 guests. Coco had her jewelry manufacturer create them, so unique and amazing. Everything took place on the pink sands of Harbour Island, delightfully and magically put together by Ben Simmons, from Little Island Design. Coco (the bride), Ben (the event planner) and Coco's father (Bruce), they worked countless hours together to create the ultimate, intimate black tie and barefoot wedding for their 100 close friends and family. Coco's family has vacationed at Harbour Island since 1952, making it more of a second home.

From the bride: For us, weddings are about two people uniting in one journey, celebrating intimately with friends and family at a destination that not only is one of meaning, but one of beauty. What more could a bride ask for? As a young girl I wandered down these pink sand beaches, dreaming of grand adventures. Never imaging, in my wildest dreams, that I would begin the biggest adventure of my life on this very same beach. We fell in love at the White House and vacationed on these pink sands. For us there was no better place to celebrate our love for each other.

As the wedding weekend rush began, the pouring rain served as a wonderful spiritual cleansing of our past lives. The rehearsal dinner danced in candle lights and smashing stories unfolding into the night as we burst with laughter and tears. Sharing both in memories of our past island days and of when my grandparents first arrived on the island at Pink Sands Resort in 1952 in this very same dining room. Rising only to a glorious and calm weathered day, giving us peace and reflection as we spent our morning floating upon aqua waters. It was the perfect beginning to what is our new adventure, love. We all dressed for Black Tie & Barefoot, (celebrating both the glamour and island life in us both) and rose to the occasion with laughter, disco balls and tears, making it memorable and special, not only to us but to our guests. Upon our everlasting commitment to one another, we celebrated dancing to Junkanoo Bahamian Music, sipping mojitos and wandering down our new path together, as husband and wife.

Lounging aside rippling waters, a bonefire, friends & moonlight, I thought to myself “this is what magic is made of, pure magic.” As friends whispered, "I am having the time of my life" Ryan and I glanced at each other, souls entangled, knowing the time of our lives was just beginning. There are no words that describe the intimate, simple and smashing wedding that we shared not only with each other, but with the most incredible family and friends one could ask for, and in a place we consider home – Harbour Island.

Wedding Photography: Jenelle Kappe Photography / Floral + Event Design/Planning: Little Island Design / Invitations: Cocotay + Papyrus  /  Bride's Shoes: Grace Footwear  / Bridesmaid Dresses: Aidan Maddox from Neiman Marcus  / Welcome Bags: DIY / Jewelry: Cocotay