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A Tropical, Laid Back Wedding In the Bahamas at Squires Estate

Growing up vacationing on Windermere Island in the Bahamas, the bride knew from a young age what her dream nuptials would look like – sandy toes, lots of sunshine, and surrounded by crystal clear Caribbean waters. The beautiful Squires Estate was the perfect location to make her island-style soirée a reality! With the help of Boy Meets Girl Weddings, the couple incorporated plenty of lush island greenery into their wedding decor, mixed in with subtle touches of cream and white blooms. Guests danced the night away to island jams from a local Bahamian band and toasted to the adorable couple with delicious tropical cocktails! Immerse yourself in the paradise that is the full gallery, all captured by Alex Thornton!

 

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

From the Bride… I always dreamt of an island-style wedding since I was a little girl. Growing up with our family home on Windermere Island, I knew that a destination wedding in the Bahamas would be our location – I just hoped that everyone we invited would love the remote island life as much as we do! Due to COVID-19, we had to downsize our already small wedding to a much more intimate event. We went from 100 guests to right under 30 and it was absolutely perfect. I couldn’t imagine our special day being anything other than what it was.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

Why not use the resources already on hand in such a beautiful tropical place?! I was very detailed with wanting to incorporate as much island greenery into our rehearsal, ceremony and reception as possible. The lush greenery on the island is so beautiful. Island greenery mixed with lots of cream + white and blush flowers was my vision. I wanted all ghost chairs for the seating and flowers overflowing on the tables with lots of candles. We already had the most beautiful backdrop for our ceremony … the deck overlooking the Governor’s Harbour and the sun setting turned the sky the most beautiful colors of pink, orange and purple. Mother nature was definitely on our side during our wedding! I wanted everything to feel laid back and “island style” but still put together and carefully curated down to every detail. Since this was the first trip for most people in over a year (due to covid!), I wanted it to be a tropical oasis. Amazing island jams from our local Bahamian band, island cocktails (hello Goombay Smashes & rum punches all night!) local island fish or the choice of chicken for dinner and the most amazing atmosphere filled with friends and family. It was a night full of laughter, happy tears, drinking and dancing under the stars. A mix of fun, romantic, intimate and classic filled with all the natural beauty of the Bahamas.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

My planner wrapped our ceremony structure and tent entrance with flowers from the island – a mix of natural greenery and white roses cascading with a fun beaded boho chandelier. With the harbour right behind us, the cascading roses would blow in the breeze as we said our vows – it was truly magical. The inside of the tent had cascading roses and our bar + tables were covered in white hydrangeas, blush roses and natural island greenery. I had the place cards be little laser cut pieces of wood, painted gold for everyone. One of my favorite unique moments incorporated into our wedding were the handmade flower crowns I had made for myself and my bridesmaids. It was the perfect tropical addition and they looked so cute!

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail?

How can I pick a favorite moment?! There were so many. I have three specifically that stand out. The first if I have to pick would be the decision we made to have a sweetheart table. We had cocktail hour over at one of the other properties on the estate after the ceremony while my wedding planner flipped the ceremony deck for our reception. Since we had such a small group, this was fairly easy. We put our sweetheart table under the flower covered ceremony structure and we both sat in two vintage rattan peacock back chairs. It was really special to have our moment up there looking at everyone as well as our own intimate time as we listened to the toasts over dinner. The second would be the moment I walked down the aisle. My dad unexpectedly passed away almost 3 years ago now and I didn’t know who would walk me down. My little sister stepped up and offered to carry my dress train + veil behind me as I walked (a true Diana moment!) and my husband Erik surprised me and met me half way so I wouldn’t have to walk fully alone. I don’t think there was a dry eye at the ceremony. The third was the decision for Erik and I and the photographer to hop in our island car after the ceremony and head to the pink sand beach during “golden hour” for photos … just us. And when i say just us… we were the ONLY people on French Leave Beach. The sun was setting and the sand had the most magical pink glow to it. Yes, the sand is really pink! It looked like we stepped into heaven and it was just us. The most beautiful photos and night of my life. It also gave Erik and I a chance to just breathe, take our shoes off, run around in the sand and dip our toes in the water… officially as husband and wife. Lots of kisses and hugs and thankfully our amazing photographer captured all of it! Pure bliss.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

I wanted my bouquet to only be white/cream and island greenery. We did a mix of white roses, babies breath and natural island greenery pieces throughout to make a cascading effect. My dress was a dreamy strapless a-line Ines di Santo gown with boned corset bodice and embellished beaded and three dimensional floral embroidery throughout. The second layer of the dress was all lace. We had one signature cocktail, the island Goombay Smash! Our cake was an amazing coconut cream cake. Funny story, we kept the leftover wedding cake in the fridge at one of the homes on the estate where family was staying because the cooks were using that kitchen for the reception. The day after our wedding, most of our guests stayed to do a fun beach day, that night everyone wanted to eat our wedding cake again for dessert because they loved it so much! So, we brought it out and all had our wedding cake…again! Other details…we had late night gourmet pesto grilled cheeses and pepperoni pizzas for everyone and it was such a hit! Really soaked up all the Goombay Smashes consumed while dancing under the stars!

 

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

When planning a wedding, especially destination, things will often not always go as planned. Try to keep an open mind, trust your wedding planner (make sure *if you can* to meet them in person at your destination to get a feel for their planning process) and always keep the big picture in mind as to what your wedding represents  – true love, a beautiful marriage to your soul mate and your happily ever after!

Photography: Alex Thornton | Event Planning: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Floral Design: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Invitations: MESH by Alex | Ceremony Venue: Squires Estate | Reception Venue: Squires Estate | Jewelry: Hops & Bun | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Men's Attire: The Black Tux | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab

A Tropical Destination Wedding at The Cove Eleuthera

Grab your sunhat and sandals cause today we’re jetting off to the white sands and crystal clear waters of the Bahamas with Simply Sarah Photography! This stunning tropical fête planned by Boy Meets Girl Weddings is a beach lover’s dream. Guests dined in paradise under palms trees and cafe lights at the most picture perfect reception locale of all time. If anyone needs us, we’ll just be over living vicariously through these stunning wedding photos for the rest of the day…

From the bride… Josh and I met at Tishman Speyer (where we both still work) in the summer of 2012 while I was interning. We would often see each other at Equinox and became friends. Throughout my senior year of college, Josh would randomly check in to see how I was doing. I started working at Tishman a week after graduation. A few happy hours and nights out later, our friendship turned into something more. While there is nothing wrong with a traditional wedding, I knew it was not what I wanted for Josh and I.

I loved the idea of bringing our closest family and friends together for a full weekend, but wanted to do it somewhere that was intimate and small, an oasis. After finding The Cove in Eleuthera, I knew that would be the place. For our rehearsal dinner, I drew my inspiration from a beach club in Mykonos that was very Boho chic yet cool and relaxed. Mish, our event designer, nailed it in every way. For the wedding reception, I wanted to create an insanely fun atmosphere that was a cross between the most epic house party with friends and a night out in Ibiza. To say it was the best night of our lives is a total understatement.

Photography is a very intimate aspect of a wedding and we were so lucky to have had Sarah and Will there to capture our love and the best weekend of our lives. Everyone who knows me will grow tired of hearing me sing Simply Sarah Photography’s praises. Is she that good? YES, her incredible talent truly warrants this type of admiration. Aside from Sarah’s mind-blowing abilities behind the camera, she is the most kind-hearted, interesting and wonderful person. Sarah has a gift for understanding that she is not just taking photos, but capturing the soul and emotion of a moment, one you will look back on and cherish for the rest of your life.

If you’ve seen Sarah’s photography you will understand that she does not need a review. Simply, her work speaks for itself. Sarah and her amazing husband Will showed up early to our wedding weekend to scout and plan ingenious opportunities to shoot us in breathtaking, off-the-beaten-path locations. The two worked fervently and brought a fresh perspective to shooting our celebratory weekend. Every moment spent with Sarah and Will was serene and gave us an opportunity to reflect on the momentous occasion.

Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Event Design: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Event Planning: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Floral Design: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: The Cove Eleuthera | Wedding Venue: The Cove Eleuthera | Processing & Development: PhotoVision Prints

This Wedding Editorial Will Make You Dream of the Bahamas

Cold weather is not my jam, and having spent the past week in London where the temps were much lower than ideal, this beach Bahama wedding editorial photographed by Simply Sarah is literally my dream. Molly McKinley Designs created a casual, modern affair inspired by the existing aesthetic of The Cove Eleuthera, Bahamas. My favorite part is the foraged floral details by Boy Meets Girl Weddings…or maybe its the dreamy stationery by Lazywood Lane. I can’t choose! It’s all so good.

From Simply Sarah PhotographyThe Cove Eleuthera is the perfect backdrop for a Caribbean wedding. The architecture and decor are crisp and clean, but it still feels like home. In planning this shoot, we wanted to keep true to the resort’s casual modern style, so the design felt like an extension of the beauty that already existed there. Our invitation suite from Lazywood Lane felt modern and fresh, without a lot of calligraphy. My favorite touch was the abstract drawing of Eleuthera! The vellum invitation over the textured leaf paper made the suite different and interesting.

We decided to set up the ceremony down on one of the island’s small beaches. Clear ghost chairs allowed a full view of the ocean. Our florist created an organic “garden” in the sand with local greenery, opened white roses, and tall sea oats from the island. The sea oats played with the island breeze, dancing back and forth. We wanted to enhance the natural beauty of the Bahamas and our couple, and this ceremony did just that.

The reception was intimate and incorporated more organic textures. We set our table underneath the palms at The Cove, which felt even more magical as the sun began to set. The pathways throughout the property glowed with ambient light. Our florist found some beautiful and interesting textures on the island to incorporate into the tablescape. The napkins were tied with woven rope and oyster shells, for a subtle beachy touch. Black minimalist candelabras kept true to the design of The Cove and added height. A gauzy runner woven with greenery added a feminine, romantic feel.

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Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Event Design + Planning: Molly McKinley Designs | Floral Design: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Invitations: Lazywood Lane | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Hair + Makeup: The Hair and Makeup Collective | Wedding Venue: The Cove Eleuthera | Bridal Shop: Bash Bozeman | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Rentals: Boy Meets Girl Weddings

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A Dreamy Destination Wedding in the Bahamas

It’s no secret we love a good destination wedding and when it just so happens to be set oceanside in The Bahamas? Prepare to get your swoon on. These two gathered their closest friends and family for a tropical escape on January 15th, exactly 4 years to the very day they met. It’s a love story for the books and you can watch the day unfold with captures by Hunter Ryan.

From the bride… We selected The Cove for its outdoor, natural beauty. We wanted a small, intimate wedding with our closest family and friends. We wanted a relaxed atmosphere, genuine interaction, warmth and celebration. We loved the idea of all the guests being in one location for a long weekend to spend time with each other and to make it a vacation for themselves (and to feel like a vacation for us, too!). It was important to us that our guests felt like VIPs and had a one-of-a-kind experience.

For the wedding itself – one of our friends who have known us and our relationship since the first time we met will be our officiant. The day we chose for our wedding date, January 15th is actually the exact day we met over 4 years prior (January 15, 2012 – MLK weekend). We have been together ever since. For our bridal party, we chose only our siblings -Tal’s only brother, Jake, who I also knew in high school, my older sister, Kaitlin, and my younger sister, Kelsey.

For the wedding weekend, we hosted a cocktail Welcome Party to watch the sunset at the Point Bar on Friday night. On Saturday, we had the rehearsal dinner beachside, which was a fun and relaxed seafood barbecue with steel drums and local music. The wedding took place on Sunday (Jewish tradition) with an amazing DJ we brought in from NYC and the whole weekend ended with us sending our guests off with a farewell brunch on Monday morning.

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Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Event Planning: Engaging Affairs | Floral Design: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Reception Venue: The Cove Eleuthera | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair + Makeup: Calae Burrows | DJ: DJ Hesta Prynn | Groom's Suit: Enzos | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints

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That Luxurious Destination Wedding of Your Dreams? It happens here.

When it comes to tying the knot in paradise, not all island locales are created equal. So if you’re looking for an idyllic setting rich in breathtaking views and luxurious accommodations, Sandals Emerald Bay is IT. Think 500 secluded tropical acres, a pristine (mile-long!) beach and some of the most amazing service you will ever receive. Saying “I do” in complete luxury has never been this fun… or pretty.

Set against the crystal blue waters of the Exumas, Sandals Emerald Bay is THE perfect mix of total sophistication and that easy-going, laid-back style the Bahamian Out Islands is so well-known for. From the stunning architecture of their fabulous villas + suites to the never-ending list of awesome island activities to their SEVEN world-class restaurants and their three amazing pools (hello, half-acre, zero-entry pool with fire pit), you AND your guests will have the time of your lives. Not to mention their amazing team of event professionals that will make sure every moment of your Big Day goes flawlessly, so you can sit back and relax in paradise.

Ready to start planning the ultimate vacation/wedding? Contact the amazing team at Sandals Emerald Bay today to begin your journey filled with their all-inclusive perks and total luxury. You’re going to love every minute of it, you guys. Trust me.

Photography: Dante Carrer | Ceremony Venue: Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course | Reception Venue: Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort Great Exuma, Bahamas | Wedding Venue: Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort Great Exuma, Bahamas | Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Suit Designer: Hugo Boss

Bridal Beauty 101: Finding That Perfect Style for Your Gown

You’ve found that dress of your dreams and now it’s time to focus on putting the entire look together with hair and makeup.  Need help? Well, we’ve got you covered, because today we’re joining forces with Jennie Kay for a quick run-down on all things beauty with tips + tricks on achieving that glam wedding day look, no matter the gown or style you’re dreaming of. Let’s get started.

LOOK 1: CASUAL GLAMOUR

Your style? Laid-back with a big ol’ side of sophistication. Which means rocking a stunning gown that shows some skin and hair + make-up that is just as sleek and glamorous. Jennie Kay suggests pairing your dream dress with a rope braid pony or soft low bun that is dressy enough for a wedding, but is also completely effortless.

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LOOK 2: VINTAGE ELEGANCE

You’re a vintage-inspired lady looking to rock that elegant lace number, but still maintain a modern, yet sexy edge. Jennie Kay’s tip? A bright red lip for that much-needed side of sophistication and a stunning updo that frames one side of the face, plus sweeps across the back in a beautiful style that is reminiscent of the past.

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“Look at the way you wore your hair at your initial dress fitting. It usually mimics your initial idea on how your hair should be.” – Jennie Kay Beauty

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LOOK 3: BOHO BEAUTY

Crave a look that is soft, romantic and free, just like you and your wedding? Then this fab boho look from Jennie Kay Beauty is sooo for you. Simply keep your hair natural in wave and texture and add three gorgeous braids for a little pop of WOW.  Want to add a little glamour to the look? Really make those eyes stand out with just the right shade of shadow and mascara.

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LOOK 4: SWEETLY CLASSIC

For those of you who want to keep it sweet + classic on the Big Day, Jennie Kay suggests a low twisted ponytail that is equal parts show-stopping and wholesome. Pair it with subtle makeup (like a light pink lip) and a gown that has just a pop of sass and the results are absolutely timeless.

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LOOK 5: TOUSLED SOPHISTICATION

Waves are a girl’s best friend and when it comes to a wedding day look that is equal parts laid-back and sophisticated, Jennie Kay keeps those tousled waves down with just a few sweet strands pulled back for a look that is all sorts of romantic. Add some soft pink lips and some barely-there makeup to complete the look.

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Contact Jennie Kay Beauty to create a seamless, stunning look from head to toe… you won’t regret it.

A White-on-White Celebration That Redefines “Beach Wedding”

When it came time to plan their destination wedding, this couple knew The Bahamas was the perfect spot for them. Not only because of the island’s obvious beauty, but it was the birthplace and home to the groom during his childhood years. Julie Cate captured their white-on-white beach soiree and our jaws have officially dropped. More in The Vault!

From The Bride…Rob and I met nearly 7 years ago on the 4th of July at a friend’s rooftop party after I had just moved to the city from Florida. We had an instant connection and have made so many amazing memories together over the years, two of the most special being our engagement in Provence and our wedding in Harbour Island.

After we got engaged, we immediately knew we wanted a destination wedding with a weekend full of activities where our family and friends could be together in a relaxed setting. We visited several venues in the Northeast and in the South before taking a chance on a charming little island we read about in the Bahamas. Rob was born in the Bahamas and lived there with his family in his early years, so we thought it was particularly relevant to us. We visited Harbour Island the year before our wedding and instantly fell in love with the people, the golf carts, the roosters, the island’s beauty and style – everything about it! As soon as we visited The Ocean View Club and met with Ben and Charlie of Little Island Design, we knew there was no one else we wanted to work with.

As we were planning the wedding, I knew I wanted an island chic vibe that would be classic and timeless. We wanted our wedding to feel relaxed and laid back, while still maintaining an element of formality. We worked with Ben and Charlie on the floral design of simple greenery and white flowers paired with a classic black and white dance floor in the sand. I knew from the start that I wanted my bridesmaids to wear fabulous white dresses of their own choice to stand out against our handsome groomsmen in tuxes.

The wedding weekend turned out to be even better than we envisioned. The island is so small that it felt like we took it over! Our families rented houses on the island, our wedding party took over The Ocean View Club, and our other guests stayed in hotels right down the beach. After events on Thursday and Friday, we were married in the iconic Pink Church in the center of the island. After the ceremony we surprised our guests with a Junkanoo band that paraded us down the street to The Ocean View Club. One of my favorite moments was looking back at the line of golf carts driving up to the reception. We had cocktails on the Terrace and then moved down to the tent on the beach for dinner and dancing. It was an amazing feeling to see your vision come to life. Ben and Charlie and the LID team exceeded my expectations with every detail from the impressive food to the custom made dance floor to the outdoor lounge area. Our band, the Sultans of Swing, who flew in from Boston had our guests on their feet and kept up the energy all night.

Lastly, I can’t say enough about Julie and James. Not only is she an incredibly talented photographer who perfectly captured our wedding day, she is the sweetest person who put us at ease on such a special day. We still joke about “almost kisses” to this day. We were blown away by the portraits she took of us and our wedding party and we were rolling in laughter at some of the candid shots she captured from the reception. We are so happy we worked with Julie and we will always cherish the beautiful images that will always bring us back to our wedding day.

Photography: Julie Cate | Floral Design: Near The Ocean View Club | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza Legends | Invitations: Dabney Lee | Ceremony Venue: St. John’s Anglican Church, Harbour Islands Bahamas | Reception Venue: Ocean View Club | Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Band: Sultans of Swing | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Officiant: Father Kirkland Russell | Film Processing: The Find Lab

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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.

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

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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!

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: Amour Affairs | Floral Design: Wild Seed Designs | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake: Little Jasmine Therapies and Spa | Invitations: Dabney Lee | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Natalie Deayala Collection | Catering: Lyford Cay Club | Entertainment: Junkanoo Band | Band: Visage | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Lyford Cay Club | Bride's Reception Dress: Saylor NYC | 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

Romantic + Relaxed Shipwreck-Themed Bahamas Destination Wedding

The word “shipwreck” doesn’t exactly evoke class, elegance and beauty. But this shipwrecked-themed affair is all that and so much more.  Painted in shades of blush, seafoam and gold, this fête came to life with a goddess-esque Amanda Wakeley gown, chic, beachy touches from Boy Meets Girl Weddings, and gorgeous photography from Cody Hunter Photography. Escape to the Bahamas in The Vault.

From The Bride… Joey and I are very easy going and we definitely wanted our wedding to represent that. We decided on the Bahamas because it is one of our favorite places to visit. For our wedding we definitely want to use a lot of natural elements that are indigenous to Eleuthera. Our wedding coordinator had suggested a ‘shipwrecked’ theme, which was the perfect description of what we had in mind. We used shells, colored glass bottles, corals, seafans, grape wood, and protea to carry out that theme.

From Cody Hunter PhotographyAmanda and Joey’s “vacation spot” has been The Cove in Eleuthera – so having their destination wedding there was the perfect fit for the couple. They have shared countless memories there and couldn’t wait to share the beauty of the island with around 45 of their closest family and friends for their “I Dos” The whole weekend was a reflection of the couple – relaxed and fun with a dose of celebration – including a traditional Junkanoo* to wrap up their reception.

To continue with their “shipwrecked” theme – they wrote one another messages in a bottle – and sealed them up and tossed them over a cliff during their ceremony as a more unique “unity” ceremony.

*A Junkanoo is a traditional Bahamian experience at a celebration with characters in traditional costumes and dancing to drums, bells, and whistles – so the couple knew that they had to include it to end their reception!

 

Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Event Planning: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Floral Design: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Wedding Dress: Amanda Wakeley | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Hair And Makeup: Calae Burrows | Venue: The Cove Eleuthera | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Groom's Shoes: Gucci

Tropical + Colorful Caribbean Wedding

Have you ever attended a wedding where every detail was full of beauty (we’re looking at you Jennie Fresa), sunshine, relaxation and happiness? Well, you’re about to. Because we’re transporting you to paradise planned in the hands of True Event with captures from Leila Brewster and Elysium Productions. Complete with lush Hana Floral Design blooms atop La Tavola linens and pretty Paper Moss goods, every seaside moment is waiting for you here!

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From True EventLooking back on Lauren + Dan’s wedding we can actually feel the warmth and beauty of that day! Grand Isle Resort is one of those places that just takes you away to another place, where everything is so full of beauty, sunshine, relaxation and happiness. Definitely the perfect setting for a wedding, and destination for guests to stay traveling from afar. It is complete paradise! Leila Brewster Photography and Elysium Productions captured every island detail to perfection, and the sweet love between Lauren and Dan that beamed throughout the weekend. We had so much fun taking the natural details of island life and incorporating them into their wedding design. Bright lush florals from Hana Floral were the perfect touch, as well as metallic gold accents through out the wedding. The invitation suite and day of paper by Papermoss defined the coastal elegance that surrounded the day.

From Emily at Paper MossThere’s not much else that inspires us more than a seaside affair. Lauren & Dan’s Grand Exuma wedding invite suite was sure to include both classical navy and a warm tropical hue. An added surprise were the monochromatic sea life & Bahamas map sketches found on the back of the cards. As a lover of both coral the color and sea life itself, we made sure their monogram included both. Congrats to the happy couple, it was a joy to work with you both!

Photography: leila brewster | Videographer: Elysium Productions | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Ceremony Venue: Grand Isle Resort | Reception Venue: Grand Isle Resort | Makeup: Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar | Hair: Emily Reale | Calligraphy: Kristen Henderson | Bride Attire: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Event Coordination & Design: TRUE Event | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Paper: Paper Moss

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Coral Bahamas Destination Wedding

As those winter blues start to sneak in, this island affair couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s a wedding from the lens of KT Merry, and at the center of it all happens to be top model, Amy Lemons and her love, Taylor. It’s a boho-style, toes-in-the-sand kind of day, and thanks to the help of Little Island Design the whole shebang was planned to perfection. See more for yourself right this way.

Over the last 15 years, Amy Lemons has established herself as a top model gracing the covers of various Vogue’s, Haper’s Bazaar, Elle, and Marie Claire to name a few and shot with some of the most prestigious photographers of all time, such as Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, and Bruce Weber. It wasn’t long before she was shooting campaigns for Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Abercrombie, Ralph Lauren and more. It became evident that Amy was the new “it girl” and well on her way to becoming a household name. As a self- confessed tomboy and small town girl from Richmond, Virginia her life had truly been quite the fairytale.

In 2007 Amy knew there was more for her to achieve. Deciding to take a brief hiatus from modeling Amy went back to pursue her education, graduating with a B.A. degree in History from UCLA. It was during this time she began to place an emphasis on her future and how she could utilize her success of the past decade to give back and advocate for other girls coming into the spotlight after her. Returning to the modeling world in 2010, she started to work with the Model Alliance, a non- profit organization working for Models’ rights in the workplace. This sense of balance ultimately drew her out of the fast paced lifestyle of New York and Los Angeles and back to her simplistic way of life back in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was here her life would change forever as she met her fiancé, Taylor Suttoon.

The couple was introduced by Amy’s best childhood friend at a Christmas party in 2010. Their mutual love of the outdoors, sports and dogs contributed to a relationship that developed quickly. Taylor proposed in 2012 and Amy said “yes” as their two dogs approvingly looked on. It was this moment that the fairytale came full circle and her life was complete.

Taylor an outdoorsman and advocate for environmental issues grew up in Charlottesville and attended The University of Virginia. Now working for his family’s oil business, he truly is the perfect balance to her picture perfect life.

Amy and Taylor were married on May 25, 2013 on Harbour Island, a tiny island off the North East Coast of North Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. Amy first fell in love Harbour Island on a fashion shoot for Victoria Secrets with the acclaimed Mario Testino and dreamed of a future wedding on its pink sand beaches. The small island navigated only by golf cart, is the picturesque scene for the couple. The theme of the upscale beach escape is one of relaxing romance. Inspired by the pink and gold colored sand and blue/green colors of the ocean the wedding colors were
coral, turquoise, and gold.

The weekend began on Wednesday night when approximately 40 guests arrived for the long Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday, the men took off on chartered boats fishing for bonefish in the surrounding waters of Harbour Island, while the ladies enjoyed a luncheon/pool party at the Lemons’ private house, The Fig Tree.

After a day on the beach, the rehearsal dinner on Friday night for all attending guests took place at the Rock House Hotel and Restaurant. The resort was previously owned by Versace’s builder Jay Wallace Tut and is a perfect example of the island’s laid back shabby chic style. The event took up the entire lower terrace of the restaurant overlooking the harbor.

On the big day Amy wore an elegant yet ethereal gown by Claire Pettibone to pull the entire mood together.

Amy and Taylor were married on the beach in front of the Ocean View Club at sunset. Amy’s father, Justice Donald Lemons of the Virginia Supreme Court, married the couple in association with a Bahamian Anglican priest. The wedding was orchestrated by Ben Simmons of Little Island Designs. Ben is a native of Harbour Island and known for producing beautiful beach weddings. His mother, a Cordon Blue trained chef, works with him in their upscale menu and food preparation and owns the trendiest store on the island, Miss May’s. Ben specializes in pop-up wedding receptions on the beach incorporating the natural inspiration of the setting and using driftwood, conch shells, weathered furniture, tents with chandeliers and local flowers such as tuberous, lilies and birds of paradise to create a warm and comfortable outdoor atmosphere. The reception and dinner offered family style servings of local seafood such as Conch Beignets, local snapper with papaya salsa, and lobster. The open bar featured signature cocktails, the Dark and Stormy (dark rum and ginger beer) picked by the groom and Patron Mojitos, selected by the bride. Barefoot guests danced to live music and ended the evening around a bonfire.

The fashion forward guests, including close friends and top models Sara Ziff and Maggie Riser, partook in what will be one of the endearing and romantic experiences two people can share. For Amy what once was a magical fairytale is now a dream come true.

From Ben Simmons of Little Island Design… Destination weddings are challenging at the best of times..we do twenty a year or so and there is always that little challenge that bites at your comfort zone…So when Amy began throwing around terms like gypset, haute hippie, boho chic I was a little nervous. Harbour Island is three miles long by half a mile wide and not exactly a bustling metropolis with rental options. None the less we began to piece together a story and when I finally got to met Taylor and Amy, I wasn’t the slightest bit worried. Such a lovely couple – beautiful and down to earth.

Amy was set on sophisticated yet laid back affair that was deep in romance and soul yet unrestrained in convention. The design components were broken down into details that communicated a sophisticated vintage style, bohemian or hippy-ish feel and rugged textural carefree experience. Of course we opted for beach event, with the always impractical but enduring hope for tent less reception.

For a vintage sophistication we hunted for gold or brass – I recently smuggled a bunch vintage brass taper holders back from Ireland so I excited to have an opportunity to use them. I also happened to have collection of vintage gold Thai Cutlery with rose wood handles which were a perfect for the tables. I generally hate anything plastic, but we had gold acrylic chargers and so they completed our place setting.

For a hippy, bohemian feel we decided that musical instruments might a interesting and unique detail to incorporate. My family has a small hotel that neighbors the local school. Earlier on they and inspired by a limited budget they purchased all the broken instruments they could on the island to decorate the Hotel. 30 years of salt spray had weathered them wonderfully and so we placed them in the center of each table with pops of peonies and other small decorative elements.

We were of course worried about the weather and in the end threw up one of our sail cloth tents but in fact the weather was perfect on the day. Tailor and Amy used our old boat for pictures and it turn out wonderfully. The biggest scare was two days before the wedding when a loose frisby chipped one of Tailors front teeth…Dentists can be as be hard to come by as vintage props on a small island. Luck was with us though and one was around when we needed him.

It was a wonderful celebration, an incredible couple, captured beautifully by an amazing photographer.

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Invitations: Sea Fan Design | Wedding Bands: Andrew Minton | Groom's Attire: Perry Ellis | Ceremony Music: Rocky + Ersly | Bride's Gown: Claire Pettibone | Bride's Reception Dress: Alexander Wang | Bride's Sandals: Manolo Blahnik | Ceremony And Reception Location: The Ocean View Club | Flower Girl Dress: J.Crew | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Rock House | Wedding Designer And Planner: Little Island Designs

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Romantic Harbour Island Wedding

This destination dream isn’t just another gorgeous wedding captured by Caroline Fontenot Photographer, it’s much more than that. Surrounded by Little Island Design lush blooms and Daddy D beats, these Ocean View Club sweeties wed in true island style. From Bahamian inspired local BBQ, to the lovely libations on the lower terrace followed by a bonfire on the beach, every moment is magical and you can see it all here.

From the Bride… We fell in love with Harbour Island immediately. It is secluded and luxurious and somehow feels instantly familiar. The island is rich with vibrant architecture and friendly locals. The pink sand beaches are breathtaking and we couldn’t get enough of the perfectly clear and turquoise waters. Everyone is very friendly, and is quick to point you towards their favorite place for Conch Salad by the bay, or share their secrets for making (or simply enjoying) a good Goombay Smash. Fresh seafood is a favorite of ours, and it is a staple on every menu. We met so many charming people on our fist visit: Ben and Charlie and Andy of course, but also Claudine, who spoiled Jay with fresh English muffins each morning, and a couple from Europe that has been holidaying on the island since they were both children, as well as an elderly couple that come for their anniversary each year. The love that people have for this place is infectious. We felt like old regulars after our first visit, and knew this place would play host so wonderfully to our family and friends. We wanted our wedding celebration to also be an unforgettable vacation for our guests. The experience we had on our first visit as a couple was wholly enjoyable and we were thrilled to share our special island with the people we love.

The Ocean View Club is a slice of bohemian heaven. We instantly felt at home at Ben and Charlie’s labor of love. We invited our guests to come down to the island on the Wednesday before our wedding so that they could make a vacation of the trip. We wanted this trip to be special for everyone and thought how wonderful it would be for us all to stay together. We decided to rent the entire hotel, which made for easy planning for our guests. The Ocean View Club is the perfect size for our party, with quiet rooms in the main house for both of our parents, smaller guest suites adjacent to a beach view terrace for our young friends and siblings, and private cottage retreats for a few couples and also for ourselves. The main house feels like a home itself, with a large living area with plenty of comfortable seating and tables large enough for jigsaw puzzles and dominos. The kitchen is always open to everyone, and became a kind of gathering place each morning, the way our own kitchen does at home. The honor bar by the patio was a huge hit with our guests, allowing us the luxury of having a fully stocked bar where self-service is encouraged. The staff at The Ocean View is accommodating and friendly, and atmosphere of the place encourages enjoyment of both the beautiful island and the wonderful company we shared. We are so grateful that Ben and Charlie opened their arms and their hearts to those we love. Our favorite memories will always be at The Ocean View Club.

We hosted a welcoming supper on Wednesday evening on the terrace, kicking off the beginning of our memorable trip. Our DJ, Devon aka Daddy D, actually caught the Tuna we were served the morning of our arrival. Our days after were spent playing bocce on the beach and floating lazily for hours in the ocean, Kaliks always in hand. We invited everyone to The Landing for supper on Thursday, served on the romantic patio for sunset on Harbour Island’s harbor. Dancing and shenanigans followed at many of the island’s disco techs, with a bit of night swimming to end the night.

Our parents hosted a Bahamian inspired BBQ of local flavors and libations on the lower terrace after our rehearsal, followed by a bonfire on the beach. Jay’s father gave a toast that everyone will always remember, and Lindsey successfully sabered a bottle of champagne to the excitement of everyone. We ate until we couldn’t, and enjoyed the company of the group with a seriously hilarious game of charades. No one wanted the night to end.

Saturday morning we all enjoyed a bit of beach before the girls retired for an afternoon of pretty pampering and primping. We decided to take our photographs as a couple before our ceremony, jaunting around the island on our golf cart, drinking champagne and sharing many wonderful moments with our photographer, Caroline, and her husband Mark. Our ceremony was held on the main terrace of the Ocean View Club, presided by a dear friend of ours. We wrote our ceremony together, maintaining many of the traditional rites, but also adding our own anecdotes and flair. We hosted a cocktail party directly after, entertained by each other and a duo of local musicians. Afterwards, our beach reception took place under a gorgeous white tent. Ben and Charlie created an elegantly simple tablescape adjacent to a custom dance floor. And boy did we dance! As the evening slipped into night, we migrated between the dance floor and the whimsical living room created around a bonfire. The scene was truly breathtaking. We would not have changed a single detail. As a special surprise for Jay, we spoiled our guests with an English muffin bar at the end of the night, as a late night snack for everyone before we departed. We exited along a lantern lit path from the scene, turning for one last long look to soak in the event that was a celebration in every way we had envisioned.

Photography: Caroline Fontenot Photographer | Floral Design: Little Island Design | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye | Food: Little Island Design | Makeup Artist: Suzanna Harati, Monarch Beauty Atlanta | Hair Stylist: Suzanna Harati, Monarch Beauty Atlanta | DJ: Daddy D | Bow Tie: Social Primer | Groom's Attire: Amazon | Groom's Jacket: Brooks Brothers | Wedding Venue: The Ocean View Club | Groom's Custom Needlepoint Loafers: ByPaige | Groom's Shirt: Amazon | Veil: Twigs & Honey | Welcome Dinner: The Landing

Chic Harbour Island Destination Wedding at Three Bees Villa

Navy stripes are my neutral, so when they are stylish scattered throughout a soiree as chic as this one – my heart does cartwheels. And rightfully so, because this ridiculously gorgeous Three Bees Villa wedding captured by Sabrina Lightbourn and planned by Little Island Designs is honestly my definition of perfection, and you can see why here.


From The Bride…Harbour Island has been a second home to me for as long as I can remember. The friendly people, unique aesthetic, world-class pink sand beach and beautiful water conjure so many happy memories. Three months after Rob and I started dating I took him to Harbour Island. When I saw that he immediately loved it as much as I do I knew that if we got married one day, it had to be there.

Once we decided on Harbour Island for our wedding I knew that I HAD to work with Ben Simmons from Little Island Designs. I knew as much what I DID NOT want as what I DID for the wedding weekend. For example, we both felt strongly about having a church ceremony, rich with tradition, and I had my heart set on the reception at Three Bees Vila, Arki Busson’s home. Furthermore, while I wasn’t looking for the traditional “beach wedding”, I also wasn’t looking to recreate a Manhattan wedding in Harbour Island. I envisioned the style to be sophisticated and chic, yet understated. I wanted to make a statement, while still complimenting the natural beauty of the location.

We hosted a Welcome Party the night before the wedding for all 150 guests, whom had travelled far and wide to be with us. My parents, Rob, Ben and I agreed that we wanted our guests experiences on Friday and Saturday nights to be as different as possible. As Saturday night would be a more formal sit down dinner on the bay side of the island, we planned the Welcome Party to be a casual Bahamian Beach Dinner on the ocean. Ben built out an area with sail clothes, long white farm tables decorated with local grasses and sea urchins and LOT’S of candles and lanterns. We served a buffet of popular local dishes – fresh conch salad prepared right before guests, grilled fish and chicken, coleslaw and peas and rice, etc. Guests drank specialty drinks put of coconut shells, the local Harbour Island band “The Brilandrs” created a very Bahamian Calypso feel, a fire dancer entertained and guests lounged by a big beach bonfire after it got dark.

For the actual wedding reception, I wanted to use a color palette different than the soft pastels people normally use down there. The classic look of navy and white has always been a personal favorite. Put it against the chic West Indies, safari-like aesthetic of Three Bees, and pepper in variations of aqua/green/turquoise – the colors of the water down there – and I quickly had a color scheme. Years ago, I came across a picture of a black and white dance floor in Beverly Hills that I fell in love with. I showed Ben the picture and asked if he could recreate it in navy and white… before I knew it we had a custom dance floor right on the waters edge! It was certainly one of my favorite style elements of the night. Another favorite style detail is the way Ben so elegantly lights an outdoor area… several shabby chic white chandeliers hanging from trees is an image that will forever be in my mind. Having worked in PR for the past 15 years, I have learned that the difference is in the details. So…. we personalized the space with other details like monogrammed pillows for all the white couches; personalized cups, napkins and matches. We tied beige and blue pashminas to the back of all the women’s bamboo dinner chairs and also provided either blue or turquoise leather “dancing shoes” for all the women, which were separated by size in four different blue and white striped canvas containers. The flowers were green or white only and the centerpieces were tall vases of palm fronds with tea lights h and small white bouquets in mirrored vases around the base. We accented the table with navy and white striped runners on top of white table clothes. The combination of the blue and white with bamboo chairs and chargers and the natural looking palm centerpieces with punches of white flowers was beautiful yet understated.

It was really important to both me and Rob to utilize as many local vendors, and to include as many Bahamian traditions as possible. Examples of some of the traditions that we included were the “Sister Act-like” church choir, wedding procession through town after the ceremony and Junkanoo, which paraded guests from dinner to dancing and desert. A few other entertainment and style elements that made our wedding so special include:

• Transportation for all guests to and from Three Bees by boat, including our arrival
• Spectacular fireworks
• The gift bags – personalized straw bags that contained a custom belt with our coral motif, personalized sunscreen and Frisbee (again with coral motif and the wedding date), a stamped pre-addressed Harbour Island postcard to me and Rob (we are still receiving them, which is really fun!), bottled water with custom labels, a bag of Sea Salt potato chips as well as goldfish and Swedish fish gummy candies, welcome book and a GREAT map of the island by my sister
• DIY turquoise burgees with everyone’s name and our coral motif, laminated and stuck to each person’s golf cart
• Our wedding cake melted before anyone could see it, but we didn’t even care!
• The smile on both my and Rob’s face all weekend long… it was the BEST weekend of our lives!

Photography: Sabrina Lightbourn | Event Coordinator: Little Island Designs | Wedding Dress: Mark Ingram Atelier | Wedding Cake: Swiss Pastry Shop | Invitations: The Printery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Wedding Library | Band: Sultans Of Swing | Custom Belts For All Guests: Elizabeth McKay | Groom And Groomsmen Flip Flops: Eliza B. | Groom And Groomsmen's Custom Ties: Vineyard Vines | Printed Materials: DFM Stationery | Wedding Reception: Three Bees Villa | Welcome Party: The Ocean View Club

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 | Makeup: Cedric Jolivet | Hair: The Weech Design Group | DJ: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Officiant: Island Preacha Weddings - Matthew Sweeting | Ceremony Music: Strings'n Tings | Transportation: Bahamas Experience Tours | Bride & Groom's Shoes: 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

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Summer Engagement in the Bahamas

I kind of want to be these people. One, their engagement session was in the Bahamas. Two, they are drop dead gorgeous. Three, they had Julie Cate Photography behind the lens to snap up some seriously envy-worthy shots.  In the lottery of life, they are totally winning, and this gallery proves it.


From Julie Cate PhotographyAshley and Ash are such a beautiful couple. They are tying the knot next spring in North Florida but for engagement pictures we went to the Bahamas, a favorite of theirs. The couple went for a fun nautical and preppy look in hues of the blue and green that tied in so well with the surroundings. A simple wide brim hat is always appropriate for the sun and playful kisses.

The last evening of the trip, we went out to catch the last bit of light as the sun set. It began to rain and almost spoiled our photos. We stayed out and enjoyed the light shower. And the pictures were lovely.

It was great to spend this time with two special friends in a beautiful place that has been so memorable to them.

Photography: Julie Cate Photography | Venue: Nassau Bahamas

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Saturdays are pretty amazing, but when you throw in a meet and greet with RebeccaMarie Photography, it takes it to an entirely new level of awesome.  I’m talking an entire day devoted to gorgeous imagery that just so happens to be overflowing with love, emotion and, of course, pretty.  Spend some time getting to know her, lovelies… and don’t forget to check out her sweet discount below.

From RebeccaMarie Photography…  RebeccaMarie started learning about photography at the age of fifteen and excelled from there working alongside some of the best in the business, since 2004. Destination travel is a deep passion of hers and so is love. RebeccaMarie believes in combining the two, to capture your love story and has had the opportunity to travel internationally throughout her career.

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Intimate Bahamas Destination Wedding

Let me set the scene – an intimate 4o guest affair in The Bahamas, with sparkly turquoise waters and sand between the toes. It’s exactly how these sweeties said “I do,” and even better? The bride happens to be our own beloved LBBer, Mum’s Flowers. Not only did she hand-pick her bouquet from the side of the road (ah-mazing!) but she brought on Jeremiah And Rachel to photograph the day. Oh, and you can escape to paradise via the gorgeous gallery right here!

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From the Bride… I’ve been traveling to the out islands of the Bahamas every year with my family since I was 6 months old. Over the years Eleuthera has become my favorite island with its friendly local people, colorful buildings, and old world Caribbean charm. I knew from a young age that I wanted to celebrate my marriage here, on “Bahamian time” barefoot on the beach with my closest family and friends.

Dan and I met when I was in college at PLNU and he was in Navy Seal training at Coronado. We are both from a small mountain town in Montana and met through mutual friends in San Diego. Four years later, after his first deployment to Iraq and my first year owning a busy flower shop back in our hometown of Whitefish, MT we started dating. We decided to get married a year later in a simple courthouse ceremony before his second deployment to Afghanistan, making plans for a destination wedding when he got back.

I’m at that age where all of my friends are getting married and we’ve spent so much time and money traveling all over the country to see the couple for 3 minutes at the reception and so it was important to me that we were able to spend quality time with everyone who made the trip out. I also wanted to make sure our wedding wasn’t stressful for either of us …. I see so many brides in tears the week before their wedding and I hate the stress that weddings creates. Instead we created a stress-free vacation, everyone pitching in to help if needed but really simplifying the process and making it more about time spent together rather than time spent decorating. I picked the flowers for my bouquet from along side the road by the house the morning of the wedding (since hurricane Sandy hit the island 2 short weeks before our big day, it was slim pickings!) and my dad made my favorite poppyseed cake (don’t let him fool you, he doesn’t do this for a living, he’s just an artist :) We flew out some close photographer friends of mine and walked down the beach to dinner at the beach house. My dress is from an incredible new designer, Sareh Nouri, who I met at a bridal salon in New Jersey and fell IN LOVE with her designs and her lovely personality, accompanied by a BHLDN headpiece, my grandmother’s vintage diamond Hamilton watch from 1920, and Kate Spade sandals. We printed customized welcome totes for all our guests filled with maps, underwater cameras, sunscreen, and lots of other local goodies to make their vacation more enjoyable.

After producing over a hundred weddings myself, I wanted to make sure we kept our wedding intimate with the focus on our marriage and our guests. I planned a week long getaway for 40 of our closest family and friends, renting large houses on the beach where everyone could stay together. We spend the week leading up to the wedding basking in the turquoise clear water, kayak surfing the gentle waves, snorkeling and free diving for lobster and local fish, dueling it out on the beach volleyball court we set up in front of the house, and sharing large home-cooked meals together under the bright starry skies. By the time our wedding rolled around everyone was relaxed, tan, happy and had made new friends wishing we could stay 2 more weeks.

The wedding was absolute perfection, more than anything I could have ever dreamed … from the laid back beach venue, to the hand made cake my mom and dad baked, designed, and decorated together, our simple personal vows, the high tide coming up to soak our feet, the yummy coconut fresh grouper and conch fritters, and the local rake and scrape band to dance the night away. We’re already planning a yearly reunion with all of our guests.

Photography: Jeremiah and Rachel Photography | Videography: Jeremiah and Rachel Photography | Event Design: Goldfinch Events & Design | Floral Design: Mum's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Sareh Nouri | Stationery: posh paperie | Bridesmaids Dresses: Shopbop | Catering: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Mens Attire: J.Crew | Bridal Headpiece: BHLDN | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade | Vacation Rental: Lush Life | Welcome Bags: Wedding Chicks

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Destination Wedding at The One & Only, Ocean Club from J. Cogliandro

Destination weddings always feel like a lovely escape from the work day. Through images like these by J. Cogliandro Photography, you can spend hours pouring over this Bahama beauty at The One & Only – Ocean Club, and almost feel like you were there to soak in all the gorgeous coordinated by  Belle of the Ball. It’s the perfect example of why I will always swoon over destination weddings, and you can see why right here.

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From Joe CThe ultimate party in the Bahamas! Stephanie & Trey, along with the talented Natalie of Belle of the Ball, planned their dream wedding on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Their wedding style was understated elegance – with white florals, accents of teal, pink and seashells — an upscale island wedding. They hosted multiple events at the Atlantis and spent lots of time of their 100 foot yacht, “The Silver Fox.”

Photography: J. Cogliandro Photography | Cinematography: Dakine Films | Coordination: Belle Events | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Invitations: Atheneum Creative | Stationery: Atheneum Creative | Shoes: Miu Miu | Makeup: Jentry Kelley | Hair: Blush & Company | Band: Falcon | Wedding Venue: One And Only Ocean Club | Floral Design + Lighting + Tent: Wildflowers Bahamas | Welcome Bags: Atheneum Creative

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Eleuthera Destination Bahama Island Wedding from Amanda Julca

I swear, now that Summer has officially begun, every destination wedding has me literally chomping at the bit to pack up my bags and catch the first flight to paradise.  And today’s breathtaking affair has me dreaming of a weekend (or week) away in the land of clear blue skies and stunning ocean views, The Bahamas.  But, really, how could you not daydream the day away when taking in every last amazing moment captured by Amanda Julca?  It’s destination perfection from start to finish and you can see it all right here.

From Amanda Julca… Liz and Beau’s Destination Wedding weekend was the perfect blend of relaxation, elegance, celebration and discovery. Set on the stunning and unique island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, each moment of the day was full of beautiful detail, Caribbean color, clear skies and a spirited group of guests ready to celebrate the bride and groom.

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Wedding Photography: Amanda Julca | Destination Location: Eleuthera, Bahamas | Preparations: Private Residences | Wedding Ceremony: Private Residence | Wedding Reception: Rainbow Inn | Event Coordination: Boy Meets Girl | Event Design: The Bride | Wedding Dress: Sue Wong | Bolero + Brooch Bouquet + Veil: Etsy | Shoes: Badgley Mischka + BHLDN | Music: Hatchet Bay Eleuthera Junkanoo Band + Police Band + Briland Heritage Band | Catering + Desserts: Rainbow Inn

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