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How to Host the Perfect Destination Wedding From a Bride Who Knows

One look at Round Hill and it’s easy to see why it’s one of our fave spots on the planet. The gorgeous accommodations, the tasty cuisine, the breathtaking views… You guys, this place is awesome. But you know what’s better than listening to us go on and on about all of its amazing attributes? Hearing from a real bride who knows firsthand. Say hello to the insanely gorgeous Leanna, a bride who tied the knot in one crazy cool celebration, handsome groom and candlelit reception included. Scroll for an awesome Q&A sesh.


Long story short, we fell in love at first sight. Although, my family is originally from Jamaica, most of our guests would be travelling from abroad and we wanted a location that was convenient and showcased the best Jamaica has to offer. Prior to selecting a venue, we planned a 2-week trip driving all over Jamaica – from Montego Bay to the Blue Mountains – to visit venues we had been eyeing online. Round Hill was the second venue on our itinerary and we were blown away. Every inch of the resort is pristine — the pictures simply do not do the property justice. Everyone we met was warm and welcoming. Most importantly, we trusted they understood the vision we had for our special day.


Absolutely! We live in New York City. We knew planning from that far would be challenging and our tastes can be quite discerning (read: picky). The Round Hill team was very helpful in easing a lot of our concerns and answering every question we had along the way. They know the very best vendors on the island and were flexible in allowing us to use some vendors we had also sourced ourselves. We could rest assured that our wedding would be top notch while avoiding a lot of wasted time doing extensive research on our own.


Focusing on the little details that made each guest feel special and showcasing our personality as a couple. 50 to 60 of our closest friends and family were travelling great distances, so many of the details I planned were to make their stay as seamless as possible and help them feel appreciated for sharing this weekend with us. Each welcome bag included a handwritten note, a few of my favourite Jamaican snacks, sunscreen, mints, heel protectors (for the ladies), bottled water, and a bottle of rum. We made sure paper fans were on hand during the outdoor ceremony and instead of standard place cards, we had each guests’ name laser cut out of wood as a keepsake.


That morning, we both woke up nervous and anxious, but we fully trusted Racquel, the Round Hill wedding planner, to deliver on everything we had planned. We opted not to have bridal parties to keep it simple. Instead, we invited family and a few close friends to share the afternoon getting ready with us at two separate villas. When the photographer arrived, the day moved pretty quickly from there. Running slightly behind schedule made for somewhat of a hurried first look and shortly after we were shuttled to the ceremony site, the Spa Lawn. Our absolute favourite part of the day had to be the ceremony – the setting sun and ocean backdrop, looking down the aisle to see your soon-to-be husband, and reciting your vows in front of everyone you love. It was nothing short of magical. Lots of hugging, champagne, and pictures ensued.

Another highlight of the day was seeing the reception site! As a detail-obsessed person, for months I tried to envision it all. Yet, I still wasn’t prepared for how beautifully it would all come together. Two days prior I had handed over two large suitcases of wedding décor to Racquel and, with no explanation at all, she had arranged everything exactly as I had envisioned.


Not much. Everything turned out better than I could’ve imagined. If I had to choose one thing, I would’ve taken a few more deep breaths, spent less time worrying about the weather or my look and more time in the moment, soaking up every second with family and friends. I would’ve taken a few more bites of that delicious food too, lol.


Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine your entire family and all your close friends spending quality time together in an immaculate resort on a beautiful island. A destination wedding can be a lot more to think through, but all the minutiae of wedding planning will be absolutely worth it. And of course, choosing to work with people that you trust with your life is essential in helping you enjoy every minute of it.

Whether you dream of an intimate celebration with just close friends and family or a grander affair with all of your loved ones, Round Hill can make it all happen… and beautifully. Plus, with six fabulous venue options, amazing wedding packages and a team of talented planners that know everything about pretty I do’s, you can rest easy knowing that your every detail is being taken care of – even from far away. Leanna and Mario’s wedding was a dream come true, and yours can be just as magical. Contact Round Hill today to start planning that wedding in paradise.

Photography: Adrian McDonald | Ceremony Venue: Round Hill Hotel and Villas | Reception Venue: Round Hill Hotel and Villas | Groom: Mario Zillner | Bride: Leanna Wilson

A Hibiscus Bouquet + Palm Frond Motif Are the Epitome of Summer

Since summer is my favorite season, I was delighted to see this Caribbean Bridal portrait inspiration session by Shannon Leahy land on my desk. With its palm frond motif, refreshing green palette, hibiscus bouquet by Bows + Arrows, and stunning Jamaican beach location, it celebrates all the best things summer has to offer. I’m ready to pack my bathing suit and jump right into the enviable gallery of images by Sylvie Gil Photography!

From Sylvie Gil PhotographyThis beachy styled shoot is the perfect inspiration for a tropical destination wedding. Shot near Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, we went for a relaxed, dreamy vibe with just a Bride in a flowy white gown and a single reception table set on the sand. The palm tree motif shows up in the gorgeous landscape as well as the lining of our understated mustard invitation suite. A loose, hibiscus-studded bouquet and centerpiece complement the dark wood accents of the paper goods and reception table.



Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Event Planning + Design: Shannon Leahy Events | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Stationery: Bourne Paper Co. | Bridal Boutique: LOHO Bride | Location: Half Moon Resort | Model: Ariel McFarlane


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The Dreamiest Beach Wedding With Dinner on the Ocean Pier!

Imagine the softest, prettiest, most ethereal beach celebration of your wildest dreams and that, my friends, is this wedding. Set in Montego Bay, Jamaica, it begins with a ceremony on the island’s white sand beaches followed by dinner on a breathtaking ocean pier. Of course, behind every amazing wedding are amazing vendors and Meggie Francisco Events + Tracy Enoch Photography are two of the pros who made it happen. Follow your tropical wanderlust with even more this way in the gallery.

From Tracy EnochMary and Mike exchanged vows on the white sand beaches of Montego Bay, Jamaica surrounded by an intimate gathering of their close family and friends. Using a soft pastel color palette, Meggie Francisco of Meggie Francisco Events succeeded in designing a warm and minimalistic event that emphasized the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Using locally foraged foliage to compliment the soft white and pink tulips that were shipped in from the states, Leslie Dupre worked her magic and created stunning floral elements used for the wedding day. Mary and Mike began their wedding day celebration on the beach exchanging rings and vows, and ended the evening with an intimate dinner under the stars and dancing at one of the Hyatt Ziva Jamaica resort clubs.



Photography: Tracy Enoch Photography | Floral Design: Leslie Wild | Invitations: Scribbles And Swirls | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall | Planning: Meggie Francisco

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Top 10 Reasons to Get Married at Round Hill Hotel and Villas

You probably don’t need convincing that rushing off to paradise to tie the knot is a really good idea, but just in case you were looking for a little somethin’ to push you in the right direction, our friends at Round Hill Hotel and Villas are here to break it down for you. Think of it as 10 friendly reminders as to why Jamaica is the best place ever to celebrate, then grab those suitcases and get to planning.


You can’t say “I do” without a big ol’ side of romance and Round Hill Hotel and Villas most definitely delivers on every front. Think an awe-inspiring Montego Bay locale (on a private hillside!), secluded beaches and a never-ending list of romantic activities (hello, sunset cocktails and candlelit dinners) that will make your entire stay the wedding/honeymoon you’ve always wanted… and more.


They say it takes a village and when tying the knot, that couldn’t be more true. Luckily, at Round Hill Hotel and Villas, you’ll never be going at it alone, because their talented staff of wedding planners will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process. Yep, every single detail will be completely taken care of, which means you can sit back with that cocktail and totally relax with your love.


The best part about destination weddings? They’re a wedding and vacation all wrapped up into one. Which means saying “I do” against a stunning paradise-filled backdrop (hello, Round Hill Hotel and Villas), then sharing an amazing vaca with all of your loved ones. It honestly doesn’t get any better… or more fun.


Whether you plan on an intimate wedding with just a few of your closest friends + family or want to party the night away with everyone you’ve ever known, Round Hill Hotel and Villas has a customizable package perfect for you and yours. From small, laid-back beach affairs to elegant four-course dinners, your vision is their reality. And that’s why we love ’em.


Saying “I do” in Paradise isn’t just 24-7 lounging on the beach – you definitely need to get your party on, too. Which is why we love Round Hill Hotel and Villas awesome options for keeping things lively, like live Calypso music and romantic jazz under the stars. Sooo fun.



Been dreaming of that perfect seaside locale since before you were even engaged? Or maybe an elevated terrace with panoramic views or a sprawling beach is more your thing. Either way, Round Hill Hotel and Villas most definitely has THE spot that will make all of your dreams come true… AND take your breath away.


For all of those moments pre and post-wedding that you’ll want to kick back and relaxRound Hill Hotel and Villas has a sophisticated + completely luxurious room or villa that is more than perfect for you and yours. From their island-inspired 2-6 bedroom villas to their Ralph Lauren-designed oceanfront rooms, you’re entire stay will be dripping in absolute luxury.


After an entire year (or more!) of planning your Big Day, you’ll be ready to spend some time getting completely pampered. Trust us. So, what better way to unwind than with an indulgent spa treatment with breathtaking views of the ocean at Round Hill Hotel and Villas? It’s awesome.


Six words: James Beard award-winning Executive Chef. One that creates beyond tasty dishes inspired by Jamaica’s bounty and cultural influences. Think a completely custom event menu that will more than impress your guests with fresh ingredients and herbs + veggies from Round Hill Hotel and Villas’ on-site organic garden. Yum.


Saying “I do” to the one you love is truly about being in the moment and creating those memories that will last a lifetime. And, honestly, there is no better place than Round Hill Hotel and Villas to help you host that special day. With a talented staff, breathtaking views AND unparalleled exclusivity (only one wedding per weekend!), you’ll be living the dream you’ve always wanted. Contact them today to celebrate under the stars.



What: Round Hill Hotel and Villas is giving away a 50-minute Couple’s Massage at the Spa Lawn Gazebo!* A brief stroll along the aquamarine sea, on a nature path rimmed with Jamaica’s exotic greenery, will lead you to The Spa at Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Here you will retreat in an 18th century Great House “Welcome Wharf” with sweeping lawns and views which offer the ideal setting to replenish your mind, body and soul. Body, facial treatments and beauty salon services are performed in an oasis of serenity by trained professionals. *Valid until October 31, 2017

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us the one reason you would LOVE to say “I do” at Round Hill Hotel and Villas. (Ex: The ocean backdrop is everything I ever dreamed of!)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 10, 2017. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography: Closer to Love Photography | Photography: John-Paul Teutonico | Photography: David Massey | Photography: Raquel Reis | Photography: Amelia Johnson Photography | Photography: Alan Smith | Wedding Venue: Round Hill Hotel and Villas

Breathtaking “I Do’s” at Round Hill Hotel and Villas

Celebrating your “I do’s” with your nearest + dearest is always a fabulous thing, but celebrating in Jamaica at Round Hill Hotel and Villas?  Even better.  Think crystal blue waters, golden beaches and a timeless island elegance that is sooo pretty.  It’s vaca meets wedding and it’s seriously everything you’ve ever dreamed. Want to know more?  Check out Jill + Andrew’s gorgeous wedding…

Situated on a breathtaking 110-acre private enclave, hosting your Big Day at Round Hill Hotel and Villas is the best decision you’ll ever make… other than saying “I do” to the one you love, of course.  I’m talking luxury villas, boutique oceanfront rooms and award-winning cuisine all coming together for a stay that will quickly become the best trip ever.  From their luxurious spa to their ah-mazing yoga classes to their stunning selections for ceremony AND reception locations, every last aspect of your nuptials is totally covered.  Which means you can sit back and relax (literally) while the fabulous staff at Round Hill Hotel and Villas handles everything.  It’s awesome, lovelies.

Ready to jet off to paradise for the wedding of a lifetime? Contact the talented staff at Round Hill Hotel and Villas TODAY to begin your journey to a celebration you’ll remember for always.  We can’t wait to see the amazing results.

Photography: Saab Weddings Photography


Top 10 Reasons for a Round Hill Wedding + A Promotion!

Any wedding set against the beautiful backdrop known as Jamaica is tops in our book… and when it comes to choosing the right venue in our fave tropical locale, the always-amazing Round Hill is IT.  From the stunning secluded beaches to the beautiful oceanfront villas to the fab customer service, there are sooo many reasons why a Round Hill wedding is a total MUST.  Here are our top 10.

1. Romance, Romance, Romance – Your wedding day is all about the romance, and when it comes to adding a little bit of Cupid’s magic to your festivities, Round Hill has you totally covered.  Picture love-filled days spent lounging on golden beaches (or paddle boarding in the warm ocean waters), followed by yummy cocktails and candlelit dinners.  YES.

2. Outstanding Service – Planning your Big Day?  Not always easy.  But with the ah-mazing team of wedding experts at Round Hill, you don’t have to worry one bit.  Think your very own dedicated wedding planner there to help you every step of the way, guaranteeing a flawless affair that goes off without a hitch.

3. Amazing Getaway – Destination weddings are awesome for sooo many reasons, but topping the list of reasons you should jet off to Round Hill?  A dream vaca with all of your family and friends.  Think an entire weekend (or week!) spent relaxing in paradise with your loved one… and a whole lot of fabulous memories you can cherish for always.

4. Fabulous Wedding Packages for Everyone – Whether you’re dreaming of a small, intimate affair with your nearest and dearest or a grand 250-person event, Round Hill can accommodate your Big Day plans… no matter the size.  From relaxing dinners seaside to four-course meals that are all sorts of elegant.

5. Fun-filled Nightly Entertainment – Days spent lounging on the beach and nights spent soaking in all of the amazing entertainment that Round Hill has to offer?  Sounds like a dream vacation to me.  From dancing the night away to live Calypso music to relaxing under the stars with romantic jazz as your soundtrack, every night at Round Hill is unique and memorable.

6. Beautiful Venues – Whether your dreaming of saying “I do” on a sprawling lawn overlooking the ocean, on a breathtaking terrace with panoramic views or barefoot on the beach, Round Hill has a plethora of crazy gorgeous settings seriously perfect for you and your Big Day.

7. Stunning Rooms and Villas –  Saying “I do” in style is easy at Round Hill… and so is relaxing in their gorgeous accommodations.  Think sprawling, 2-6 bedroom villas + Ralph Lauren designed oceanfront rooms that are the definition of island luxury.  We love.

8. Luxurious Pampering – And speaking of relaxing… Round Hill’s indulgent spa treatments are just what you and your loved ones will need after each and every one of your fun-filled days.  I’m talking some serious pampering, complete with sweeping ocean views.  Now that’s awesome, lovelies.

9. Award-Winning Cuisine – Impressing you AND your guests with a custom event menu is something that Round Hill knows a thing or two about.  And their on-site organic garden and James Beard award-winning Executive Chef make it all happen in true Jamaican style.  Think insanely tasty options utilizing fresh veggies and herbs and infused with cultural style. Yummy.

10. Unforgettable Memories –  Each weekend at Round Hill is offered to just one couple, which means your that your special day will be totally exclusive.  I’m talking a day completely devoted to your and yours and your breathtaking wedding.  Unforgettable memories, indeed.

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Contact Round Hill today to being your journey towards an amazing destination wedding.


Book your Round Hill wedding by April 30, 2016 and receive a 50-minute couples massage at sunset on the spa pier with champagne and a fruit or cheese platter! (Value $300)

Photography: Alan Smith | Photography: Raquel Reis | Photography: Saab Weddings Photography


Romantic Destination Wedding at Secrets Wild Orchid Resort Montego Bay

It’s not everyday you meet the love of your life while on vacation in Jamaica, but for this beautiful duo, it totally happened.  So when it came time to choose a locale perfect for saying “I do,” Secrets Wild Orchid Resort Montego Bay was IT.  Think breathtaking scenery meets sandy, seaside nuptials meets dancing the night away in the place where their love first began.  Tracey Jazmin captured every crazy gorgeous moment and THE VAULT is proving that fairytales really DO exist.

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From Tracey Jazmin… Ben and Steph’s wedding took place at the Secrets Wild Orchid Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica and was one of the most emotional weddings I’ve ever been to. From love notes, to handwritten vows, to a sweet father daughter first look and some heart wrenching first dances, I assure you that even my waterproof mascara was gone that day.

But tropical Jamaica wasn’t just any place for Ben and Steph; it was where they first met! Both taking a much needed vacation, Ben from Ottawa and Steph from Chicago, their paths crossed and then started their journey to forever so seemingly so Jamaica was the perfect place for them to tie the knot!

The events continued with a hilarious and incredibly welcoming family and group of friends that were sure to make Ben and Steph’s wedding one to remember. Before the evening bonfire, dancing and yoga battles started one of Steph’s best friends, was even challenged by the bartender to a Mai Tai chugging contest.

Opting for a quick day after session the following evening, we spent our last hour of daylight taking advantage of the beautiful grounds and all the resort had to offer until the sun had finally set behind the hills.

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Photography: Tracey Jazmin | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Engagement Ring: True Bijoux | Rings: True Bijoux | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Venue: Secrets Wild Orchid Resort Montego Bay | Bridal Boutique: Vera's House Of Bridal | Bride's Barefoot Sandals: Jewels By Michele | Groom's Attire Boutique: Ernest

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Colorful & Cultural Wedding at Secrets St. James Montego Bay Resort

It’s a fact that each and every wedding gives me a daily pinch-me-please moment. And today that moment was made possible all thanks to this Secrets St. James Montego Bay Resort celebration captured by Natalie Franke. It’s so alluring it has officially left me in a tasteful trance of paradise. It’s the type of gallery that is tropical with a traditional twist and we’re loving every minute.

From Natalie FrankeAfter falling in love with these two at their Baltimore Engagement Session, I knew that their American-Indian Fusion Wedding was going to take my breath away! What I didn’t expect, was to be seated at Sarah’s parents table for dinner… which lead to near teary-eyed moment for this veteran photographer. Oh friends, I truly couldn’t believe it! Such an unexpected honor!

There were so many moments of this special day that took my breath away… from the first moment Sarah put on her wedding gown to the beachside ceremony where Mohit saw his bride for the first time, all the way through her surprise wardrobe change during the reception – Everything about this wedding was perfect! There were tears and laughter… And I truly cannot imagine a more perfect setting for their special day!

Photography: Natalie Franke Photography | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Wedding Dress: Garnish Boutique | Jewelry: Ryan Seacrest Distinction | Venue: Secrets St. James Montego Bay | Photography - Assistance: Kate Ann Photo

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Jamaica Destination Wedding in an Ancient Aqueduct

Ready to get lost in a sea of pretty? Well, sit down, because thanks to Sunglow Photography there is so much Jamaica gorgeousness waiting for you below. With the stunning Hilton Rose Hall orchestrating an event that will make your jaw drop, this gallery will be sure to inspire your entire day.

From Sunglow PhotographySandy and Ryan traveled to Montego Bay Jamaica for a tropical intimate wedding with close friends and family. From their visit the year prior Sandy was set on exchanging their vows under the 18th Century aqueduct ruins located on the Hilton Rose Hall property.

The wedding details were all handled by the staff at the Hilton Hotel — very appealing since planning a destination wedding in a third world country can be challenging.

Photography: Sunglow Photography | Floral Design: The Hilton at Rose Hall | Ceremony Venue: The Hilton at Rose Hall | Reception Venue: The Hilton at Rose Hall

Elegant Jamaican Destination Wedding

The sparkling Caribbean ocean, this fabulous bouquet, and this absolutely lovely blushing Bride; I’m pretty sure this wedding right here is the definition of paradise. Natalie Franke and Krista Jones captured it all and the picture perfect weather added a silver lining to every moment between this sweet Bride and Groom. As I dream of a Jamaican vacation, this gallery is where my travel fantasies will begin.

From Natalie Franke… There aren’t words in the English language that could adequately describe how incredible Hannah and Mark’s wedding truly was! When we arrived at the Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of this tropical coastline and the rich history that the resort has developed in Jamaica! Add in an exceptional couple like Hannah and Mark and I knew that I was in for the wedding of a lifetime!

From the beach ceremony to the portraits around the resort, I felt like I was constantly having to pick my jaw up off the floor sand! Everything was styled perfectly and Hannah was one of the most beautiful brides that I’ve ever seen! And not only is she gorgeous, but she has such a compassionate heart! When she found her dress at The Brides Project in Ann Arbor (a bridal boutique where all the proceeds go to the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor) she decided to become a volunteer bridal consultant and after working with the organization for a few months was hired to run it! She dedicates her time to helping brides find the perfect gown and raising proceeds for a good cause in the process.

Can’t you see why I fell in love with these two? Ah! Hannah and Mark are an incredible couple and this entire weekend was one for the record books!

Photography: Natalie Franke Photography | Floral Design: Blooming Designs | Wedding Dress: The Brides Project | Invitations: Rock Paper Scissors TN | Engagement Ring: Mark Broumand | Wedding Bands: Urban Jewelers | Lighting: Jackie Jackson Entertainment | DJ: Devon Reid | Wedding Venue: Half Moon Resort | Photography - Assistance: Krista A. Jones Photography

Round Hill Hotel and Villas

One of my oldest + best friends is starting to plan her very own destination wedding. And my biggest piece of advice to her? Book the Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Located in breathtaking Montego Bay, Jamaica, this hidden gem offers an intimate and elegant venue with an incredibly laid-back vibe.

Easily accessible from most major international cities, Montego Bay, Jamaica has everything you and your guests would want in a destination — golden sand beaches, breathtaking views of the Caribbean sea and lots and lots of sunshine! The venue has an assortment of venues on site such as the Spa Lawn and Hanover Terrace that can accommodate intimate celebrations for two or weddings of up to 150. Round Hill even assures exclusivity, promising you that your wedding or event is the only one for the weekend. Featuring Ralph Lauren inspired oceanfront hotel rooms, luxe 2-6 bedroom private villas with pools + dedicated staff as well as an award winning culinary team and on-site wedding planners, what’s not to love about Round Hill Hotel and Villas?

There is something so romantic and special about this venue, I’m just dying to visit! To top it all off, Round Hill offers couples on-site wedding planners and a concierge to make sure planning is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. Head over here for more information and to get started with booking your big day!


Photo Credit for last Image: Jeremy Harwell


Jamaica Wedding at The Hilton at Rose Hall from Amy Arrington Photography

What do you get when you pair the stunning work of Amy Arrington with a dreamy Jamaica destination wedding? Well apparently you get pure gorgeousness. Her images are like a virtual vacation to this couples’ most precious moments of their big day, and you can see every last one right here.


From Amy ArringtonKelsey and Kevin were married in beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica, on April 6, 2013. Their ceremony took place on the beach between two palm trees with the clear Caribbean ocean in the background. To keep with the tropical theme, Kelsey wore a pink hibiscus flower in her hair, and Kevin wore a fun straw hat. One of our favorite details from their wedding was their “save the dates,” which were airline ticket themed. Another favorite detail from their wedding was the parting gifts for the guests, which were monogramed beach towels draped over each one of the chairs. 

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Wedding Venue: The Hilton at Rose Hall

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Rose Hall Jamaica Destination Wedding from Reign 7 Photography

This wedding is pretty much my idea of paradise.  I mean — a destination shindig on the beaches of Jamaica with the ocean breeze blowing as you swap the I Dos? Well, it sounds like heaven. And while I can’t help but be a wee bit envious as the temps here in Boston slowly drop, I think I’ll head over to the gallery from Reign 7 Photography and start my virtual vacation right…now!

From the Bride… Description of our wedding day: Having a destination wedding has its challenges but all of those seemed to subside the day that I woke up knowing I was about to marry the man I had shared the last 9 years of my life with. The weather was great, the sky and the water were a perfect Jamaica blue- which was imperative because the ceremony and reception were scheduled to be outside.

All of our vendors were on time and our appointments went swimmingly. As we were wrapping up pictures pre-ceremony I glanced outside and noticed what looked like a tropical storm forming in the distance. I immediately went into panic mode, looked at my Maids of Honor and said “Im getting Married. Right. Now.” We rushed everyone downstairs and outside, I didn’t realize how fast I was moving, let alone that I was running, until one of my Maids yelled “Where are her shoes?” and the other yelled back “She is wearing them!!!” Our wedding coordinator, Charlene, was amazing and kept saying, “It won’t happen, it can’t happen, not to you and Joe, to anyone but you and Joe!” We did get a bit of a shower but it was, in true Jamaican fashion, about 3 minutes long – just enough to let us know that we can’t control everything and that life, including our marriage, would be a series of surprises and we just need to roll with it.

As I came down the aisle it felt so much more serious than I had anticipated – we are a fun, funny couple and I could see Joe start to get choked up. As if the island read my mind, a gust of wind caught my veil in a neighboring bush and in a moment of total awkwardness, I ripped it off my head while hysterically laughing with my dad. That loosened up the ceremony right away and it just felt more relaxed and more “us”.

Our reception was held on site at the Sugar Mill Falls water park, which I loved. I work for a music company in NYC so the set list was really important to us, I don’t think the DJ had ever received a list of 250 “do not play” songs! But to be fair the “play” list was a lot longer so he had a good amount of material to work with. We danced the night away to Ja Rule, Montell Jordan, Sean Paul and a slew of throwback songs that truly encapsulated our near decade of dating!

Inspiration around the day: Jamaica has always held a very special place in our hearts, it was where we first fell in love almost exactly 9 years prior. But what keeps us coming back are the people, the culture and the warmness the country embodies. It was important for us to use as many local vendors and have as many local accents as possible while adding our own style to our special day.

The special touches that made our day extra lovely: I really liked that we had special pieces of us woven into the day. Representing my old, new, borrowed and blue were…. Old- Pearls from my late Grandmother wrapped around my flowers, New- My Dress, Borrowed- My headband was worn by my close friend, Danielle, in her wedding and she handed it down to me, Blue- I had my married name and our wedding date sewn in blue into the skirt of my dress. Other special touches – I gave Joe an engraved watch that said “Best Day Ever” and he gave me his mother’s engagement ring to have made into anything that I wish.

DIY Projects: I created a lot of the accents for the wedding myself with the help of a slew of Etsy vendors. For all future brides, get a Pinterest board going and an Etsy account ASAP!

Photography: Reign 7 Photography | Cinematography: Elite Media Concepts | Floral Design: Grande Garden | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Invitations: LamaWorks | DJ: Elite Media Concepts | Wedding Venue: Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa | Bridesmaids' Robes: Wedding Prep Gals | Cake Topper: LandscapesNMiniature | Engraved Forks: BellaJacksonStudios | Father of the Bride Tie: Dana Marie Creations | Favor Bags: BeautifulAdditions | Frames: Michaels | Luggage Tags: 0namesleft | Menus: Mimosa Digital | Sand Ceremony: ThirdShift | Stamp: AproposRoasters | Wedding Dress via: Kleinfeld Bridal | Welcom Bags: Zazzle

Montego Bay Wedding from Closer to Love Photography

If you ask me, destination “I dos” are where it’s at. Because when you combine the romance of a wedding, the excitement of adventure, and those postcard-perfect views…well, it’s like snagging yourself a one-way ticket to swoonville. And this Jamaica love fest? No exception. With Round Hill Hotel and Villas as their backdrop and the crazy talented Closer to Love duo behind the camera, there’s no doubt this wedding was the ultimate day.

From the Bride…We were the couple that never thought we would be wed – that progressive couple that thought we didn’t need marriage to define our relationship.  But something happened to us ten years later, our hearts changed and we were open to the idea.  Aaron popped the question and I had butterflies.  It couldn’t have been more perfect of timing.

Needless to say, I’ve never dreamt once before of what my wedding could be and had no expectations other than for it to be intimate and relaxed.  And since we’re not the traditional couple, we certainly did not want a traditional ceremony.  All of these things led to an easy decision, destination wedding.  We fell in love with Montego Bay right away, but trying to find the perfect resort was tricky.  With much research, it led us to the most incredible place on Earth (according to us), the Round Hill Hotel and Villas.  This former pineapple plantation captured everything we wanted:  complete sophistication but with an effortless atmosphere.  Grand enough to house the likes of Grace Kelly and the Kennedys but small enough that the entire Round Hill staff knew my guests by name. 

Transferring and planning for 40 people was certainly a tall task – someone described it on the trip as to “herding kittens.”   However, we were up for the challenge and made it work.  We were incredibly fortunate in assembling the best team that made everything incredibly easy for us – from our coordinator, Raquel, to our lovely photographers to the local artist that we used to letterpress our invitations and menus.  Everyone went above and beyond and made the planning process equally as enjoyable as the execution was.  Each detail was valued as a memory and was tailored to giving our guests the ultimate experience.  It was important for our friends and family to feel the gratitude that Aaron and I had for them – that they had traveled so far to witness us say ‘I do’ and that they had patiently waited all these years for our big day to come.

Every day was planned with an event.  A chartered sailboat served as our welcome party, where we snorkeled in a nearby lagoon and toured the bay until sunset.   The following day, Aaron proudly organized beach games on the shore, which involved tossing mangos into rings and relay races on paddle boats.  Later that night, we kicked off our shoes and dined directly on the beach in the sand for our rehearsal dinner.  We enjoyed a Jamaican barbeque feast and celebrated with folklore dancers, fire breathing artists and the now-infamous limbo.  News traveled quickly, and I was greeted as “Limbo Queen” from there on out.   

Our ceremony was held on a shallow cliff overlooking the bay and the cocktail party in a large hut next to the infiniti pool.  Candles illuminated the path for our guests which lead them to our sunset reception at the Hanover terrace.  Paper lanterns adorned the large tree that pierced through the balcony and shaded our guests below.  Candles glistened throughout…  That night was perfect and will forever have our hearts.  Every second was divine.


Photography: Closer to Love Photography | Venue: Round Hill Hotel and Villas | Wedding Coordinator: Raquel Bernard | Cinematography: Elite Media Concepts | Floral + Candles: Tia Flora Services Ltd. | Invitations + Menus: Blackbird Letterpress  | Calligrapher of invitations + Menus: Neithersnow | Calligrapher of place cards: Nancy Hopkins Handlettering | Guest Bags: Faux Pas Printing | Cake: Round Hill | Officiant: Glenroy Clarke | Ceremony Guitarist: Jorge Valenciano | DJ: Kevan Stewart | Makeup: LVO Makeup Artistry by Lynna Vo | Hair: Huey Nguyen | Wedding Dress + Hairpins: BHLDN | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Veil: Mia Bridal Couture | Garter: Bella Fleur Bridal | Maid of Honor Dress: J.Crew | Groom + Best Man Suits, Custom: Luca Falcone | Shoes: To Boot New York | Tie: Tie Bar | Cufflinks: Zara

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Jamaican Resort Wedding by Kjrsten Madsen Photography

Poring over weddings filled with pretty sea-scapes is one of our favorite past times. It’s a sun + ocean + beautiful backdrop for vows and merry making kind of thing. And one we’ll never ever get sick of. Especially when that merry making is captured in such a beautiful way. In other words, Kjrsten Madsen Photography rocks our Jamaican wedding socks off. Set your sights on the full destination dream right here.

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From the Bride… Choosing a destination for our wedding was one of the most important choices we’ve ever made. We wanted something small, intimate and romantic, in a place that meant something to us and with a handful of loved ones present. We wanted this wedding to be more than a “one day” event — we wanted to really celebrate our love and everyone that loves us. The most important thing to us was looking at our parents and drawing inspirations from their love. When looking at Chris’ parents, we see what love is truly about. And although my father is no longer here, the love that he and my mother had will always live in my heart. We wanted our guests to feel that too, so during our ceremony we had my brother and my mother place the infinity flowers that my parents used during their wedding mass around us (in Hispanic tradition, it’s called a Lazo and signifies the union and bond of a marriage that can’t be broken). This was a surprise for my mother. On our guest book table we placed a picture of Chris’ parents on their wedding day kissing. Lastly, to honor my father and grandmother who are no longer here, we decided to have a poem dedicated to them next to their pictures. These touches were the inspiration for the day which really made it even more special.

For my look the day of, I didn’t want a traditional “destination” wedding dress. Again I wanted something romantic. I love classic and timeless wedding dresses, so I obviously ended up with lace. I have to say that I felt that my dress was PERFECT. I truly had that “moment” when I chose it. I knew it was the one, and the sash that comes with it … I still love it! I wanted to add a pop of color and bring in some glam, so opted for a pair of sea foam Badgley Mischkas. Tying in my look, making me feel romantic and beautiful, was my great friend and hairstylist/makeup artist Joyce Castaneda. She did a fabulous job of making me look natural and giving me a timeless hairstyle that perfectly matched my dress. It was important that Chris look and feel just as great as me. He wore a Hugo Boss suit from the 2011 summer collection. It was perfect with my dress, light in color and weight for our perfect 85-degree day. He also opted for a pair of Silvano Sassetti shoes, which kept his look classic.

And we can’t forget about our fabulous photographer, Kjrsten Madsen! Definitely one of the best choices we made was having her be part our special day. She captured the most beautiful moments, not only on our wedding day but also during our before and after celebrations. Our favorite moment with her was during our first look shoot that was located in the same spot that Chris proposed to me. Ultimately having our families and closest friends there was the one thing we wished for and received. Now we will forever have Jamaica in our hearts, not just for one day, but several days filled with love, food, drink, sunbathing, laughing and just celebrating with the people we love.

Wedding Photography: Kjrsten Madsen Photography / Wedding Venue, Planning, Cupcakes + Floral Design: Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay in Montego Bay, Jamaica / Wedding Invitations + Printed Materials: Sugar Press / Wedding Dress: Enzoani / Bride’s Jewelry: Nadri / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Thread / Hair + Makeup: Joyce Castaneda / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Silvano Sassetti / Groomsmen’s Suits: Michael Kors

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Jamaica Wedding by Raquel Reis

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,

Jamaica Wedding by SB Childs Photography

Two words came to mind when I first saw this dress – hubba hubba.  It is a total wowzah, showstopper, jawdropping number like only Vera Wang can do and perfect for this destination wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  The glamor did not stop at the gown but continued with a mix of modern luxury and historic charm at a breathtaking seaside ceremony location.  SB Childs Photography beautifully captured both the old-world loveliness and the modern elegance throughout this magical day.  Click here to see even more!

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From the Bride… I couldn’t be happier with our decision to have our wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Everything turned out just as I had hoped.  We had just over 50 people, our families and closest friends. It was exactly what we wanted.

When picking a location, I used a wedding planning company who sent me many recommended properties. While their suggestions were nice, none of them really “wowed” me.  I did some internet research and fell in love with the aqueduct at Rose Hall Resort and Spa.  The aqueduct was built in 1837 and had an archway cutout overlooking the ocean. It was perfect for the ceremony.  We had minimal flowers, the aqueduct and surrounding landscape were all we needed.

The reception immediately followed the ceremony, in the courtyard of the Three Palms Restaurant.  We had a steel drum band during our cocktail hour to enjoy some local music, followed by dinner and dancing.  About a half hour before the reception ended, it started to rain.  We had been so lucky with the weather up to this point.  Taking pictures outside, the outdoor ceremony, dinner in the courtyard.   As I looked around at my friend and family on the dance floor in the pouring rain, everyone was still dancing and having a great time.  It was a moment I will always remember. Everything was perfect.

I’m so thankful to have captured these memories in pictures from SB Childs.  Stefanie and Brock are not only talented, they are such sweet and genuine people who were amazing to work with.  My friends and family instantly connected with them, too and I felt like they were guests at the wedding, not our photographers.

Wedding Photography: SB Childs Photography / Event Design & Coordination: Luxe Destination Weddings / Wedding Ceremony Location: Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa (Aqueduct) / Wedding Reception Location: Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa (Three Palms Restaurant) / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Groomsmen Suits: JoS. A. Bank / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vineyard Collection by Priscilla of Boston / Floral Design: Grande Garden

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