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Whimsical Tropical Destination Wedding in Sunny Turks and Caicos

Shealynn and Ross were married in Sunny Turks and Caicos this past March. Their whimsical wedding weekend was filled with the memories that dreams are made of. Before it all began, Anticipate Invitations crafted an amazing stationery suite that started with a Save-The-Date that invited their guests to “Fly Away To Turks and Caicos!”  Held at The Shore Club in Long Bay, a remote resort with crystal blue waters and soft sandy beaches, this is a wedding that celebrates all things warm and sunny and fun and… well, just out and out exciting. Erich McVey and Sculpting With Time Productions were there to capture the emotions, the details and the fun. Read on for more from event planner and designer extraordinaire Two Be Wed!

Shealynn and Ross invited their friends to Fly Away with them on a beautiful vintage Save the Date travel poster. The airplane in the save the date is the very same vintage aircraft that Ross’s father owns.

Their entire stationery suite was designed by Anticipate Invitations. The incredible letterpress foiled invitation suite was multilayered with a vellum sea fan wrap and gold speck cork liner.

The wedding design was inspired by 1960’s Luxury Island life ~ a combination of tropical chic + casual elegance with a bold primary color palette of navy, red, yellow, and orange. 

In his vows, the Groom shares a quote with his Bride:“True happiness is found in unselfish love. A love which increases in proportion… until it is shared.” The officiant tells them that they ‘… will weather many storms, together… to shelter each other during those storms.’

Watch and listen… as Sculpting With Time Productions captures their words, and the essence of Shealynn and Ross’s forever kind of love…
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More from Natalie at Two Be Wed… Anticipate Invitations made individual pieces of hanging art of ocean life that was hung on a large wooden installation leading guests to their seats where acrylic menus with gold grommets sat on top of the plate and a custom ikat napkin and coral beaded napkin ring lay.

Erich McVey and Emmy Award winning duo Whitney and Alex Douglas from Sculpting with Time captured the essence of this destination experience.

Lead Designer Ernst Jansen of Flowers by EA created eclectic island inspired centerpieces using colorful and textural elements including miniature bananas and fruit.

From the Bride… As a small town Canadian girl, I never dreamed that my career goals as an engineer in the oil and gas industry would lead me to Texas, let alone to Ross. Ross grew up in rural Pennsylvania and got a master’s degree in energy management which eventually put him in the same business where our paths crossed. After many business lunches in Pennsylvania where we would talk as friends about our struggles balancing success, family, and the dating world, we eventually realized that something more than a friendship had developed.

I had always wanted to visit NYC at Christmastime and shared this with Ross who responded with a carefree “let’s go”. A few days later, on a cold December evening, we officially became a couple at the top of the Empire State Building. We then spent many months dealing with the challenges of a long distance relationship while trying to get Ross a job transfer to Texas. Borders couldn’t keep us from finding each other nor could the distance of many state lines tear us apart. During this time we were forced to strengthen our relationship by talking about what we wanted out of our lives and enduring many plane rides to visit each other; besides what better way to truly know a person than by traveling with them?! Very early in our relationship we discussed our mutual desire to have a destination wedding (someday) and that became a reality for us as a couple when Ross finally got his transfer over a year later and then planned a surprise proposal at the top of the Empire State building where it all began.

We envisioned a beautiful locale that would allow us to mix an elegant black tie affair with laid back, island cool to prevent it from feeling stuffy.

Gown shopping will forever be one of the most special experiences in this process since it brought my mother, mother-in-law and sister-in-law together at Kleinfeld NYC. I was very worried that the experience would be overwhelming and that I would be steered towards a simple beach gown rather than the showstopper I desired. Kleinfeld provided a superior experience and we had the lovely Camille from “Say Yes to the Dress” as our stylist. She selected a stunning Lazaro ball gown as the first dress and I was in disbelief that it could be that easy! My maternal grandmother passed away many years ago and left me with some gifts for purchasing my gown. I was wearing her vintage onyx ring during the selection process and I have no doubt she was there in spirit to lead me in the right direction.

Some of my favorite moments on my wedding day: Having a first look with my dad… and having him sing the first song Ross and I danced to. It was the same song he sang to my mom over 30 years ago at their wedding! Not to mention laughing hysterically while running down the beach during photos and trying not to trip over the giant dress! We also loved the incorporation of some simple touches that signified the joining of our two countries – Canada and USA flag cufflinks for the groomsmen, a humorous bar menu representing where we come from, and a thoughtful gift from my parents at the rehearsal dinner which was printed with “united we stand”. Ross and I both come from families who’s parents have been married for more than 30 years. This is such a rare thing in today’s society that we wanted the ceremony to have some special moments to honor them. These moments with our family and speaking out loud the vows we wrote for each other will always be the most meaningful of our entire marriage celebration!

We have countless special memories from our wedding celebration. We also had the chance to give back to the island that hosted us. Mission “Two Be Wed” was a unique idea from Natalie, our wedding planner, that we couldn’t wait to be a part of. A group of our wedding party and family spent a day helping paint school classrooms that had been affected only a few months earlier by Hurricane Irma. Seeing how happy those children were reminded us that the power of love can do good things in this world!

One of the most important pieces of advice I can give brides-to-be is to hold true to the vision you have for your wedding regardless of what others think. Even if…  it is out of the ordinary or over the top. Others may not see how this will translate into a unique experience, but your guests will certainly feel appreciated, and most importantly, YOU will have fun! Let your groom feel like himself with his wedding attire, too. Ross insisted on wearing cowboy boots for our island wedding but he truly looked like himself coming down the aisle (in a new, stylish pair, of course!)

Finally, I can’t say enough how much a wedding planner helps with your sanity. Not only did Natalie of Two Be Wed, execute a perfectly styled and on-time event, she also kept us calm when a hurricane hit our venue only months before the wedding!

Photography: Erich McVey Photography | Cinematography: Sculpting With Time Productions | Event Planning and Design: Two Be Wed | Floral Design: Flowers By EA | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture | Cake: Cakes To Di For | Stationery: Anticipate Invitations | Makeup: Thea Makeup Artistry | Hair : Brigitte Wildt | DJ: DJ Dayoh | Suit: Balani | Venue: The Shore Club | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Somewhere Cafe and Lounge | Rentals and Linens: Got U Covered | Resort: The Shore Club | Steel Pan Drums Band: Kelci Talbot | Welcome Party: Da Conch Shack

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We Have the Secret to the Perfect Destination Wedding

Planning a destination wedding? Not as difficult as you think. With Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa, you’ll be lounging seaside and saying “I do” with your toes in the sand in no time at all. Think four breathtaking villages, a 12-mile beach and crystal blue waters. It’s a locale like no other… and one the entire family can enjoy. You sooo need to scroll to learn more.

Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa isn’t just an amazing all-inclusive resort in one of the world’s most beautiful locales… it also happens to be a one-of-a-kind destination perfect for hosting your Big Day. From the awe-inspiring architecture + ambience of Italy, France, the Caribbean and Key West to the never-ending list of fun-filled activities to literally one of the best beaches in the world, your entire wedding weekend (or week!) will be overflowing with non-stop fun and luxury. Not to mention the talented wedding planners that will handle your every want + need with amazing service and a crazy cool list of amenities, including a catalog of wedding necessities that will make your planning that. much. easier. You seriously can’t go wrong.

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One part awesome wedding and one part fab honeymoon, a celebration at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa is one you won’t soon forget… and neither will your nearest and dearest. Contact a wedding planner today to start the process and don’t forget to ask about their special packages for groups. That wedding of a lifetime? It’s waiting for you at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa… we promise.


Photography (Image 1): Frank Withers | Photography (Images 2-7): James Roy | Wedding Venue: Beaches Turks & Caicos | Planning: Beaches Turks & Caicos

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.


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.



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.


“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



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.



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.



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.

Romantic Turks and Caicos Wedding

Turks and Caicos has long been resting atop my bucket list, and this romantic boho meets modern affair is reminding me that it sooo needs to happen… and soon.  From the sweet little details woven throughout each moment (read: personalized coconuts + a s’mores bar) to the breathtaking scenery to the adorable, baseball loving duo tying the knot.  See it all captured beautifully by Brilliant Studios in THE VAULT.

From Brilliant Studios… Brittany and Troy combined their individual styles to create their dream wedding at a stylish boutique hotel in the Turks and Caicos. While both the bride and groom have laid-back personalities, as Brittany put it: “I tend to gravitate more toward the Bohemian vibe, whereas Troy is more of a throwback to the midcentury modern days.”

The couple live in Pennsylvania, where they both work for the Philadelphia Phillies (which is also how they met). When they couldn’t agree on a location for their wedding in the States, they compromised with a destination wedding. They looked at locations all over the world before Brittany found a wedding on SMP that took place at the Gansevoort in the Turks and Caicos — a small chain of islands just southeast of the Bahamas. A year and a half later, they were saying “I do” in the same place.

It was extremely important for Brittany to have a hands-on approach to her wedding, so she brought all decorations, gifts and signage purchased from Etsy vendors for the ceremony and reception. All other elements were left to the couple’s wedding planner, Luise Bayley of NILA Destinations.

Details were key to this wedding — from the delicate florals, to the driftwood arch, to the personalized coconuts filled with rum. Brittany wanted the day to be an “airy, carefree affair” — and it turned out to be nothing less. Brittany and Troy exchanged their vows by the sea under their handcrafted arch, with a rainbow for a backdrop. They had an outdoor reception on a moonlit beach, ending the night with a bonfire in the sand and a s’mores bar.

“The memories of dancing barefoot with my new husband, friends and family under the stars on a Caribbean beach by a bonfire is a feeling we all will hold onto for life,” Brittany says.

But there WAS one thing missing: their 2-year-old Golden Retriever, Archie, who Troy and Brittany are rarely without. It was important to the couple that he somehow be a part of their wedding. Annie Lee from From Scratch TCI swooped in with the perfect solution: Cookie favors, with a particular Golden Retriever in mind. One cookie was shaped like Archie, and the other, a little pink heart.

“All of the vendors we worked with were true professionals, but in the end, almost felt more like friends we had made for life,” Brittany says. “This was a dream come true. Literally.”

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Photography: Brilliant Studios | Cinematography: Brilliant Studios | Event Planning: Nila Destinations | Floral Design: Flowers by EA | Wedding Dress:Sarah Seven | Cake: Cakes To Di For | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Shenique Higgs | DJ: DJ Dayoh | Groom’s Attire: Joseph Abboud | Venue: Gansevoort Turks And Caicos | Bride’s Sandals:Mystique | Cookie Favors: From Scratch | Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan Nike Air | Personalized Coconuts:CocoVibes | Reception Music: Jervon Laporte | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Da Conch Shack | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Ties + Pocket Squares: Mrs Bow Tie

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ Cornerback Marries His Childhood Sweetheart

What do you get when you combine one seriously stunning bride, her dashing childhood sweetheart (talented NFL-er, Brandon Boykin) and a dream team of vendors in one of the world’s most beautiful locales?  A little slice of wedding heaven.  Think rustic meets modern details crafted by Tropical DMC, romance-filled blooms from Flowers By EA and a Katie May gown that is ah-mazing.  Head to THE VAULT for every stunning moment captured by Kellie Kano.  It will take your breath away.

There are wedding films, and then there is this sweet work of art from East West, a little sneak peek into the day that will make you sooo happy.  From the beautiful vows (bonus points to the groom for rhyming) to the loving speeches from friends + family to the heart-filling looks of love these two share in every.single.moment of their celebration.  This is love, friends…. prepare those happy tears and hit play.

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From Kellie KanoThis groom Brandon Boykin (who plays for the Steelers, formerly a beloved Eagles corner back in the NFL), married his 5th grade crush in mid-July. His bride Tess found me through my last Turks & Caicos feature on SMP Destination in 2013! This couple is SO wonderful and happen to be absolutely stunning, too.

From The Bride… It’s not everyday you hear, “I met my husband in the third grade.” Brandon and I met when we were nine and eventually shared the same fifth grade class together. It’s safe to say that it was not love at first sight, but in fact, we were enemies. The years went on and we branched off to different middle schools and high schools. To be honest, we completely forgot about one another until we ran into each other at our school’s basketball tournament and from that point on we started a friendship. Fast forward to our senior years of high school, we made the decision to start dating and nearly eight years later, we are finally married!

When Brandon proposed, I immediately jumped on the wedding planning. Initially, we figured that having a big wedding in Atlanta seemed right because that is our home and most of our close friends and family lived there as well. I found the perfect venue and an amazing planner. However, I started to slowly second guess our decision. The more we began to think about it, a big affair didn’t feel like us. We are private people and enjoy intimate settings with those closest to us.

One day while scrolling through the pages of Style Me Pretty, I stumbled upon a beautiful wedding at the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos. The venue was unlike anything I had ever seen before. Without even visiting, we scratched our initial wedding plans, and decided to do a destination wedding. As soon as our schedules opened up, we were on the first flight out to Turks and Caicos. The Gansevoort did not disappoint. The boutique style resort provided a unique sleek and sexy vibe, exactly the feeling we wanted for our wedding. In addition to the beauty of it, the staff at the Gansevoort are among the nicest people you will ever meet. They made our first trip unforgettable and we left feeling like we had gained lifelong friends.

During our stay we met with our planner, Teresa Brunner of Tropical Destination Management Company, who immediately put us at ease. I could tell right away she understood the vision of what we wanted for our wedding. Brandon wanted me to have the wedding that I always dreamed about and because of that, he let me take over every single detail. I appreciated that he trusted me with such big decisions and it was also fun for me because the final product was going to be a surprise to him as well. For the next year and a half, I worked closely with Teresa via email and phone to establish the exact style I was going for. I’ve always been a fan of light pastel colors; I wanted something that I could look back and still love over the years. We went with all tones of blush, ivory, white, colors with plenty of greenery and hints of gold and silver. Though I wanted to play up the sleekness of the Gansevoort, I still wanted rustic elements throughout the day but was perplexed on how to fuse the two together. On one solo visit to the island to plan, Teresa and I met with the florist from Flowers by EA. It was at that meeting that everything took shape. We decided that we would play up the rustic theme for the ceremony with a big driftwood arch with flowers all around along with driftwood and large lanterns going down the aisle. Once the guests arrived poolside to the cocktail hour, we would then glam it up having the hightop tables draped in gold, sequined tablecloths. As for the reception, I told our florist I wanted to feel like I was in a garden overloaded with flowers but for it to feel sexy and from there I wanted everything else to be a surprise. I trusted my planner and florist to take over and deliver on my vision.

Just before guests were ready to move into the reception area, Brandon and I had our big reveal for the setup. It was far better than anything I had envisioned. Every table paired with ghost chairs and glass plate chargers. Large centerpieces sat in the middle of the round tables overflowing with beautiful garden roses, hydrangeas, ranunculus, peonies, and amaranths with crystals hanging down. The longer tables were paired with glass table tops and flowers running along the center and chandeliers over them. The way Teresa tied everything in together was impeccable. Everyone was in awe the whole night.

As much as I loved our reception, our ceremony was by far my favorite part of the day. Brandon and I weren’t nervous because we knew we were ready for marriage. Thankfully we were able to have our pastor officiate our wedding who played a large role in preparing us for the next step in life. It was a sentimental moment to walk down the aisle and have my dad give me off to my best friend. I especially love that Brandon and I took the time out to write our own vows. They were fun and quirky and showed who were were as people and just how fun our relationship is. Overall, from the beginning of the trip to the end, it couldn’t have been a better time. I still can’t believe that it is over. All of our closest friends and family were able to visit a beautiful island, have a vacation, and celebrate our union. If you have the opportunity to have a destination wedding, you won’t regret it.

Lastly, we cannot say enough about our vendors. Each and every single one of them were consummate professionals! They all made our wedding day extraordinary and we will forever be grateful to have such a fun day to look back on. We are truly blessed!


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Photography: Kellie Kano | Event Planning: Tropical Destination Management | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Flowers By EA | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Invitations: Suite Paper | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Gansevoort Turks And Caicos | Hair And Makeup: Shenique Higgs | Groom's Attire: Guffey's | Venue: Gansevoort Turks And Caicos

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Turks & Caicos Resort Destination Wedding

If you’ve ever dreamed about tying the knot on a secluded tropical island, then this Turks & Caicos destination wedding will have you booking your ticket asap! It’s full of romantic details like a windswept beach ceremony, message in bottle escort cards and lace parasols, and thanks to Sarah Joelle Photography you can take a dip in the full gallery right here!

From Sarah Joelle PhotographyFor New Yorkers, John and Dina, life is all about the experiences, and they wanted their wedding day to be one of them. They had visited the Turks & Caicos Islands together and thought that it would be the perfect place for their destination wedding experience. Dina imagined a soft, romantic wedding inspired by the soft, pink colors of the sunsets in Turks & Caicos. She also wanted it to capture their playful personalities, and happiness together.

Turks and Caicos is a stunning location for a destination wedding. John and Dina chose the luxurious Seven Stars Resort in Grace Bay, Providenciales for their ceremony and reception. Providenciales is an island in the northwest part of the Turks and Caicos Islands. “Provo” as it is commonly called is know for the miles of pristine, white sand beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, and upscale resorts.

It was an intimate wedding with about 30 guests. The ceremony was on the beach right before sunset and then the guests moved to the West Deck overlooking the ocean for dinner and dancing as the sky turned the prettiest shades.

The wedding coordinator, Laura Staniforth, was absolutely amazing and kept the day running smoothly. It is so important to have a great planner that is local to help when planning a destination wedding where you can’t be there to make sure that everything gets taken care of!

The proposal story from the Groom… It happened in Shanghai, China, at a hotel rooftop overlooking the scenic and historic Bund. Having carried the ring inside a napkin in his pocket for the better part of 12 days as they traveled through Seoul and finally to Shanghai, it was finally time to “pop the question”.

They were alone in a small chandelier-lit room within a monolithic stone spire set atop the roof of the Three On The Bund Hotel. She looked radiant as they looked out the balcony over the Huangpu River staring across to the new developments in Pudong. They sat back down to finish their desserts. He rested his arms on the small cloth-covered wooden table, looked at her, and asked “Are you going to finish your cake? Because if you don’t I will eat it for you.” She declined, it was a really good piece of molten chocolate cake. Then, he inched his chair closer to her, a light sweat breaking out over his brow as he tried to muster the courage to ask again, this time a much more serious question.

He got down on one knee. “Will you marry me?” “Will you grow old with me?” He may have said a few other things but it was drowned out by a sea of emotions. A glass was knocked over. Her napkin dropped, the molten cake a distant memory. Tears welled up in her eyes as she covered her face with her hands….

Photography: Sarah Joelle Photography | Videography: Sharkpig | Coordination: Seven Stars Resort | Floral Design: Flowers By EA | Cake: Caicos Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ModCloth | Catering: Seven Stars Resort | Makeup Artist: Thea Makeup Artistry | Groom's Attire: Club Monaco | Wedding Venue: Seven Stars Resort | Bride's Bracelet: Hermes | Photography - Assistance: Cassidy Carson Photography | Wedding Dress Designer: Pronovias

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Intimate Turks and Caicos Wedding

Between the approaching cold weather and my current honeymoon research, I’m swooning over every beach photo I see. Then this wedding came across my desk and I had to stop everything. From the ocean views to the beautiful couple, this Turks and Caicos wedding has me sold. Natalie Watson captured every seaside smile and I’ll be obsessing over this gallery as I bundle up with, once again, another blanket.

From Natalie WatsonThis wedding was a very sweet and intimate celebration with only 20 guests….and I especially loved the bride’s getting ready robe! 

From The Bride… Our friends and family live all over the U.S. and Canada, so it was going to be a destination wedding for our guests no matter where we got married. With that in mind, we thought there couldn’t be a better place to bring them than Turks & Caicos. We got married on a Thursday in order to “get the wedding out of the way,” leaving us the rest of the weekend to have some stress-free fun with our family and friends.

The main thing we wanted was for our wedding to feel intimate. Our goal was to have the reception feel more like a casual dinner party on the beach rather than an event at a big resort. To do that, we kept things relatively low key. We used only one long table with simple bud vases of white hydrangeas. Dinner was served family-style. Our favors were bags of s’mores, which everyone roasted at the end of the night before many of them ran into the ocean – some in their wedding attire!

Photography: Natalie Watson | Wedding Dress: Saks Fifth Avenue | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid | Hair And Makeup: Shenique Higgs | Best Man's Suit: J.Crew | Bride's Earrings: Ippolita | Bride's Robe: Girl With A Serious Dream | Matron Of Honor's Dress: twobirds Bridesmaid | Wedding And Reception: Seven Stars Resort

Romantic Turks & Caicos Beach Wedding

There are sooo many reasons to love this beach soiree. For starters, how about that bouquet packed with nearly three dozen lush white peonies? It’s a perfect match for the Bride’s mesmerizing beauty. But what I love most is the laid back vibe in Dave Robbins‘ photos that drew me in right away. Planned to perfection by Sofia Crokos Events, you can peruse every last detail right here and don’t miss the film from Living Cinema!

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From Dave Robbins Photography… Elizabeth and Efrem met by chance, at a birthday party. The birthday party was at an indoor swimming pool, at a hotel in the middle of Times Square, and was in honor of a beautiful young actress, Toni. Efrem had only met Toni several nights prior at another party, and she insisted he attend. Elizabeth had met Toni briefly at several auditions and couldn’t resist her warm smile and friendliness when she too was invited.

Efrem of course wouldn’t turn down an invitation from a beautiful girl to be in his a bathing suit… After a couple of hours of partying and not knowing anyone, Efrem found himself resting on the couch in the hotel lobby.

After a few zzz’s, he was woken by Elizabeth walking through the door with a friend and immediately engaged her in conversation. Efrem bought Elizabeth a glass of champagne. Elizabeth did not bring her bathing suit, thinking that no one would actually go in the pool. She was charmed by Efrem’s outgoing nature and funny personality as he stood there in his bathing suit, at a bar. Little did they know they had met the person that would eventually marry and start happy and blissful life together.

From the Bride & Groom… From the day that we became engaged, we knew that we wanted our wedding to be like a vacation. We wanted a laid back, beachy, and yet classy vibe. It was also important for us to spend quality time with our guests and we knew we would get that if we did it out of town. So, why not do it in paradise? We wanted to have it somewhere in the Caribbean, since it’s a fairly short flight from the East Coast. We chose Turks & Caicos because of its’ incredible beaches. Also, it’s an island that has amazing hotels/restaurants, but it isn’t too commercial or overpopulated.

The Gansevoort Hotel and The Mothershouse Villa in Turks & Caicos were perfect locations for our wedding weekend. It combined both of our styles and the overall feeling we wanted for our wedding. It was modern, classy, and at the same time very beachy and breezy. No suits or long ball gowns, but feet in the sand and freedom!

We had our ceremony on the beach at the private villa with all their guests on cushioned benches and ottomans surrounding them, like theater in the round. The reception was at the hotel. Dinner was outside under the palm trees and stars, surrounding the infinity pool. It was magical. And then there was a big dance party all night! Luckily, we got our very talented friends to DJ and play at our wedding too. Our DJ was Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe was on the electric violin rocking out.

Photography: Dave Robbins Photography | Planner: Sofia Crokos Events,LLC | Floral Design: Flowers By EA | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Cakes: Cakes To Die For | Invitations: A DAY IN MAY DESIGN | Ceremony: Mothershouse | Reception: Gansevoort Turks And Caicos | Make Up: Beauty And The Beach | DJ: The Dolls | Groomsmen's Attire: Lord Willy's | Rabbi: Shira Ginsburg | Linens & Napkins: Designing Linens | Living Cinema: Living Cinema | Music And DJ: Caitlin Moe & Mia Moretti | Rentals: Sky Juice

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Style Me Pretty Destination Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Discount!

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.

RebeccaMarie Photography has been published numerous times together with her international friend Isabelle Kline Design, producing beauty through each image.  Her style has been known to be organic, vintage, ethereal and romantic.  A lover of travel and meeting new people.

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Handmade Destination Wedding in Turks & Caicos

Sometimes, all we need to start the day off right is a little bit of sunshine. Maybe on the beach somewhere with a cocktail in hand and not a care in the world. Kind of makes you want to drop everything and change your wedding plans right? Thanks to  Stacie Steensland, with images by Chanelle of Brilliant Studios and more, we’ll be dreaming of seaside i-do’s from now until eternity.. See even more right here!


Photography: Brilliant Studios | Styling: Stacie Steensland | Floral Design: Flowers By EA | Cake: Diane Guess - Cakes To Di For | Catering: Las Brisas | Makeup: Ann at Beauty and The Beach | Groom's Attire: Mr Tux | Venue: Las Brisas | Behind the Scenes Video: Andy Preston Brilliant Studios | Day of Assistance: Nila Destinations | Paper Goods: In The Treehouse | Production + Concept: Stacie Steensland | Rowboat: Beluga Cruises | Wedding Dress Boutique: Luella's Boudoir | Wine Crates: Turquoise Spirits

Turks & Caicos Wedding

Aside from the fact that this wedding is off the charts beautiful, I’m absolutely tickled pink that the (stunning) bride found her photographer, Kellie Kano, on the pages of SMP. It’s just so rewarding to hear the work, if you can really call it work, we do to shine a beautiful light on these stunning weddings and the vendors behind them is really paying off. This one from Tropical Destination Management is one that is most definitely going to inspire a few of you lovebirds. But don’t forget to save a few moments for the film from Inkspot Crow Films below!

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You’re going to love this film from Inkspot Crow Films!

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From the beautiful bride… My husband and I met while watching the World Cup in 2010 in the West Village. We were both there because of our mutual friend, who later we decided would be the best fit to officiate our wedding ceremony. Years later, I found out that our friend intended to set us up, but did not want me in on the secret so it would happen organically… well it sure did. When we met that day and started asking one another questions about our lives, interests, families, etc, we quickly knew something was going on that was extra special. I was being coy while Rizan casually asked me to play tennis when we parted ways that day. When we finally played tennis, I knew he was a keeper when I saw how patient he was with me on the court.

I grew up in North Carolina and moved to NYC for my career and Rizan was raised in Midwest Minnesota and also moved to NYC for work. We were both pretty private people and it took meeting one another to finally be able to open up naturally. When we got engaged, we knew that a huge wedding was not a fit for us. A more intimate, yet incredibly exciting affair was what we wanted. We briefly considered having a small wedding in a NYC hotel, but realized that we also wanted our wedding to be a retreat for our guests. Being lovers of the beach, we quickly thought that our best past vacation spot had to be our wedding location. During the first visit to Turks and Caicos, we were blown away by how strikingly beautiful the sand and crystal-clear water was. We loved how raw, pure and natural the entire island felt. The Gansevoort was the perfect backdrop for our day. Not only did the Gansevoort allow us to have a connection to NYC, but the boutique feel and charming white surroundings were a perfect mix of sexy, sophisticated and classic, which is exactly what we wanted for our destination wedding.

Being pretty decisive made planning the wedding much easier for me. Although I am quick with decisions, I am thorough in my research. It also helped that my then fiancée and I did all the planning so we could crank through options pretty quickly. He let me do all the aesthetic decisions, i.e. table design, flowers and colors and he was great at executing the contractual details. So we were a pretty good team, a good test for a marriage I would say!

On a wedding planning trip to Turks and Caicos, which luckily we managed to squeeze in some R&R as well, we met with Teresa Brunner from Tropical Destination Management who helped execute all my ideas. I told her I wanted a classic and modern look, something elegant and clean and she definitely delivered. I chose silver and pink as my colors because truthfully, I always imagined those colors to be the perfect fit for an elegant wedding and thankfully, they worked so well with the design at the Gansevoort. I also wanted lots and lots of flowers. I originally picked hydrangeas and peonies (my favorite), but unfortunately peonies were not growing well this year so I had to change to hydrangeas and garden roses, which actually turned out to be a great alternative. I told the florists the more flowers the better! Flowers by EA was able to make amazing arrangements for us. I wanted each table to have a white hydrangea “cloud” and lots of smaller arrangements, full of pink hydrangeas and roses. They made striking arrangements and definitely made the centerpieces look like clouds floating. The cake was white with silver accents and was understated, simple and elegant and fit so well with the rest of the design elements.

My ceremony gown was a dress I saw in a French magazine advertisement while on vacation in Montreal months before we were even engaged. I ripped the advertisement out of the magazine, quickly folded it up and put in my purse. I hid it for months and once we were engaged, I was on a hunt to find this dress. It was the first dress I tried on and the only one I needed to try on. I knew it was the one before even putting on. With that said, it’s a heavy gown for a girl that likes to dance, so I needed another lighter gown. The Reception dress had an ethereal feel and flowed so nicely with the breeze and best of all, it was light and airy and afforded me the comfort of dancing the night away. My something blue were my cute Manolo’s. My veil was custom made with Swarovski Crystals on the perimeter to complement the Romona Keveza Belt I wore with my ceremony gown.

Now all those decisions were pretty easy. What was difficult was finding the perfect photographer and videographer to capture our wedding. I am a sucker for romance, love, and anything sappy. I particularly love seeing pictures that generate emotion and even better, a tear or two. Once I spotted a few entries on Style Me Pretty that were photographed by Kellie Kano, I knew I had to investigate this talented photographer. I was blown away by her ability to capture innocence, sensitivity and deep sentiment through her lens. And once we spoke over the phone (since she is in NC and we are in NY), we knew we had an instant connection. She was so genuine, gentle and thoughtful and I was certain she would be able to provide us with the treasured pictures of our most important day. Kellie recommended Inkspot Crow Films to us after we had some trouble finding a videographer that fit our vision. They do not just make wedding videos, they make masterpieces. Philip and MacKenzie of Inkspot Crow were such charming, kindhearted, and loving people, but best of all, we immediately connected with their personalities and their incredible work. We love how our video included all the emotion of the day and still maintained the exciting atmosphere throughout. Kellie Kano and Inkspot Crow were amazing finds and now we are lucky to have them as friends.

Finally, many told me that the wedding day would be a big blur because there are so many moving parts and elements and so many people surrounding you. Luckily, having a small intimate affair allowed for me to really get to enjoy every second of it. It was the calmest I have been in years and it was the most magical day of my life. I’m so thankful for all that were involved in making it a dream come true and especially thankful for the lovely pictures and video I have to look at to relive the day.

Photographer: Kellie Kano | Cinematography: Inkspot Crow Films | Event Planning: Tropical Destination Management | Floral Design: Flowers By EA | Cake: Grace Bay Club Pastry Chef | Stationery: Envelopments | Brides shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair: Tangled Salon | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Gansevoort Turks And Caicos | Dress sash: Romona Keveza | Grooms Tuxedo: John Varvatos | Reception shoes: Jimmy Choo | Veil: Boutique De Voile | Wedding dress 1: Enzoani | Wedding dress 2: Cymbeline Paris

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Turks and Caicos Wedding from R Wagner Photography + Ever Swoon

I’m a cold weather girl through and through so these frigid temps are like music to my bones, but today’s wedding in Turks and Caicos has me wondering if I’ve got it all backwards. The beach is so beautiful, the colors so vibrant, and the drinks are so deserving of an umbrella that I am craving some sand, some love, and a pretty party planned by the super talented Ever Swoon. R Wagner Photography, you might have the best job ever, if this wedding has anything to say about it!

From the bride… My husband and I have always dreamed about having a destination wedding and the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos offered the perfect backdrop for our weekend long celebration. We chose the Gansevoort on recommendation from our incredible wedding planner, Tamra, of EverSwoon. The gansevoort immediately stood out to us as a beautifully modern yet intimate setting for our fifty guests. We wanted to accentuate the natural tropical beauty of the resort by using fuchsia, pops of green and metallic gold as our color palette. We chose to use only locally grown bouganvillea for our centerpieces and forwent table cloths in favor of natural wood tables complimented by gold sequin runners and gold chiavari chairs. Lights wrapped on palm trees surrounding the tables and plenty of candles scattered throughout created a gorgeous setting for dinner and dancing under the stars. To end the night, we surprised out guests by leading then down to the beach for fireworks, sparklers, and a bonfire – an amazing end to a weekend in paradise and undoubtedly the happiest day of our lives.

Photography: R Wagner Photography | Event Planning: ever swoon | Flowers: Tropical DMC | Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Fresh Provo | Shoes: Louboutin | Engagement Ring: Marisa Perry | Makeup: Shenique Higgs | Band: Tropical DMC | Officiant: Tropical DMC | Hotel: Gansevoort Turks And Caicos | Gold striped escort cards, Coasters, Green Napkins w/Monogram,: Society Social | Grooms Tux: Hugo Boss | Save The Date + Invitations: Shindig Bespoke

Turks and Caicos Wedding at the Gansevoort Hotel from Judy Pak

So now that you’ve had some time to soak in all the sweetness of this couple’s stunning love shoot this morning, it’s now time to dive into their jaw-droppingly gorgeous wedding, all captured by Judy Pak of course. And when I say jaw-dropping, I mean you’ll physically have to pick it up off your desk, because this wedding is just beyond. From the stunning vistas to the gorgeous (totally in love) couple, and everything in between – there isn’t a prettier place to be this afternoon then this gallery of images.

From the Bride…A destination wedding was perfect for us- we love to travel and wanted to appreciate every minute we could with our families who travelled from all over the world to celebrate our marriage in Turks & Caicos.

We had been to Turks & Caicos once before, however neither of us had ever visited The Gansevoort before the wedding. We planned everything in good faith over email and arrived on the island to no unwelcome surprises.

The long weekend was highlighted by a bhangra flash mob at our wedding reception, an intimate portrait session on an uninhabited island in T&C, an impromptu karaoke night between both families and our guests, and the brief, yet peaceful, delicate sprinkle of rain only minutes before our wedding. While I enjoyed planning the creative details of our wedding- the customized fake tattoos, the s’mores bar at our rehearsal dinner, the playlist throughout the night- at the end of the day, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the perfect everything, but still, the most impactful memory from the wedding was the energy and excitement from our friends and family, which we will always remember.


Photography: Judy Pak | Assistant Photographer: Jonathan Tan | Wedding Coordinator: TeresaBrummer, Tropical DMC | Venue: Gansevoort Hotel | Groom’s Attire and Shoes: Suit by Theory and Shoes by Gucci | Bride’s Dress: Saja Wedding | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choos | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Videographer: Fred Lee

Turks and Caicos Love Shoot from Judy Pak

Can I just tell you, I just adore, and I mean adore, the idea of snapping up a few shots the day before your big day. Before all the hustle and bustle, before the whirlwind. I adore it even more when it’s captured by the lovely Judy Pak on the gorgeous island of Turks and Caicos because that means we are in for some serious lovely. And that’s just what is sitting in this gallery. But don’t stray too far today, this couple’s gorgeous wedding is coming up next!

From Judy PakMarissa and Kanu opted for a portrait session before their wedding day to document their time on the gorgeous islands of Turks and Caicos. We decided to charter a private boat and explore some deserted islands. These two were so happy, laid back and in love…a complete joy to photograph. They laughed, frolicked and just enjoyed each other’s presence with nothing around them for miles and miles. With the beautiful sun setting behind us, we headed back to the hotel where they were joined by friends and family for their gorgeous rehearsal dinner on the beach. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day.


Photography: Judy Pak Photography | Location: Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos Wedding from Brilliant Studios

Let’s face it, narrowing down the exact style of wedding you want can be tricky.  Especially if you and your Mr. have attended nearly twenty nuptials together over the course of your nine year relationship… that’s a lot of inspiration.  But for this darling Boston duo, one thing was certain: they wanted a destination wedding.  One that would bring together family and friends for a weekend-long celebration. The result?  A perfectly breathtaking Regent Palms Resort affair in the always stunning Turks and Caicos complete with vibrant pink hues and one beautiful moment after another captured by Brilliant Studios.  See them all in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Matt and I met in 2003 at the University of New Hampshire and fell for each other right away. Matt was a year ahead of me and moved back home after graduating, so we did two years of long distance between New Hampshire and New Jersey. In 2006, we decided to take a chance and packed as much of our stuff as we could fit in the Jeep and moved across the country together to California. It was a fun adventure, but we eventually moved back to Boston to be closer to our family and friends.

After nine years together, we were married on Providenciales, one of the most beautiful and picturesque islands of Turks and Caicos. We arrived on the island five days before our wedding and every single day it rained. There was so much rain, the streets actually began to flood. I tried to stay optimistic and on the morning of our wedding, I woke up to a picture perfect Caribbean day. Even though I had butterflies in my stomach, I couldn’t stop smiling from all the excitement and anticipation throughout the day. Everything went exactly how I envisioned it would be and I was proud of all my hard work, late nights and months of planning came together perfectly. The day of our wedding was like a dream come true.

The wedding planning didn’t start out so smoothly for us. I was a little overwhelmed with all the options out there. I had no idea even what I wanted, let alone where to begin. Before we were engaged, Matt and I attended nearly twenty weddings in seven different states and one wedding in the Dominican Republic. In fact, Matt proposed while we were away at my friend’s destination wedding in Napa Valley. We decided to extend our trip after the wedding to enjoy a few days exploring Sonoma. After a day spent biking around and sampling delicious wines from many different vineyards, Matt proposed at sunset on a hilltop overlooking the vineyards below. It was a very romantic proposal with just the two of us and a beautiful view.

After attending so many weddings over the years, I definitely had gathered some great ideas. However, it was during our trip to Napa that we both realized how great a destination wedding could be. We liked the idea of having a smaller and more intimate wedding with our closest friends and family in a beautiful setting. Since we knew everyone would be traveling for our wedding, we wanted to find a place everyone could have a good time. Once we set our minds on having a destination wedding, we decided right away to get married on the beach. I’m not sure if it’s because we are both Pisces, but we have always loved being by the ocean, so that was the easiest decision to make. However, finding the right location proved to be more difficult than we originally thought. After countless hours researching online and a scouting trip to the Outer Banks and Florida, we still did not find a venue that fit exactly what we were looking for. I started to feel discouraged and even thought about giving up on the idea of having a destination wedding. A few weeks later, my best friend came to the rescue and recommended Turks and Caicos after taking a trip there. We spent the next two weeks learning everything we could about the local venues and wedding vendors and just a few weeks later Matt and I made a trip there to check it out. We fell in love with the beauty of the island, from the luxurious resorts to the long stretches of white sandy beaches to the clear turquoise water. Everything was gorgeous. We knew we finally found the perfect place to be married. It was paradise.

Once our venue was finally set and we found a great wedding planner and I started to think more about the details of the wedding. I wanted our wedding to be romantic, dreamy and fun. I chose colors to compliment the beautiful Caribbean ocean with pink being the main focus and turquoise being the accent. I loved the idea of having all my bridesmaids looking slightly different and I was fortunate enough to find a bridesmaid dress designer that had a wide selection of pink shades to choose from. As I went through the wedding planning process, I had so much fun deciding on all of the personal touches. I think Etsy became my best friend as I found so many great and unique accessories there. Our bridesmaid jewelry, hair flowers, pinwheels, lace cupcake wrappers and even my invitations all came from the talented designers. We also had a few DIY projects ourselves. My favorite project was our “message in a bottle” favors/escort cards. I found the idea online, and together with Matt and my niece we spent a few hours assembling them the day before our wedding. I had so many last minute projects in the week leading up to our wedding that I ended up bringing an entire suitcase filled with arts and crafts supplies to the island!

We kicked off our destination wedding weekend with a welcome rum punch party for our sixty-two guests that were able to make the trip. The fun continued throughout the weekend with a casual oceanfront rehearsal dinner and a sunset cruise aboard an old schooner. One of my favorite things about our wedding was all the time we were able to spend with our friends and family. By the end of the weekend everyone really got to know each other. Most importantly, I felt so lucky to be marrying my best friend and the love of my life.


Wedding Photography: Brilliant Studios | Wedding Venue: Regent Palms Resort in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos | Floral Design: Cyrille of Flowers by Environmental Arts | Wedding Planning: Diane + Michelle of Island Harmony | Invitations: Concertina Press | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Veil: Paloma Blanca | Shoes: Audrey Brooke from DSW | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Eden Bridals | Flower Girl Dresses: The Precious Girl | Hair: Geraldine of Maxime le Salon | Makeup: Ann Clift Northcote of Beauty and the Beach | Wedding Cupcakes: Cakes to Di For | Save The Dates: Minted | Wedding Program, Table Signs + Message in a Bottle: DIY | Wedding Menu: Pinch of Spice | Bride & Groom Signs: Wedding Chicks | Pinwheels: Paper Polaroid

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Turks and Caicos Wedding from Shannon Gail Weddings + Just Love Me

Dreamy locales and dazzling weddings are a match made in nuptial heaven, which is why the Turks and Caicos Islands are kind of like the perfect place for some drop-dead gorgeous seaside marrying.  A breathtaking combo of sunny blue skies, crystal blue waters and endless sandy beaches, it’s a bride and groom’s dream come true… and one awesome vacation spot for your friends and family.  Need proof? Take a gander at this stunning affair planned to perfection by Shannon Gail Weddings, which is literally everything we love about destination nuptials, all wrapped up in some brilliant imagery by Just Love Me {Photo + Design} and beautiful bursts of vibrant colors.  Get your pretty on in the full gallery.

From Shannon Gail WeddingsAs I cozy up with a cup of hot coffee and look outside at the frosted ground, I can’t help but reminisce about some of my very favorite weddings of 2012, and this is certainly a hard one to beat. Al and Colleen asked me to plan and attend their Turks and Caicos wedding this past July and I was beyond thrilled. One of the challenges that Brides face in planning a destination wedding is that many resorts offer all-inclusive wedding packages where your control over colors, design, etc. is very limited. For most, the idea of a wedding that looks exactly like another is less than enticing. The trick is to utilize what the resort is offering and find ways to add in your own personality and style.

My first task was working with the resort to bend the rules a bit so that we could fly in our own photographer and boy am I glad we did, because these photos are breathtaking! Every last detail was flown in with our luggage; from over sized pomanders to custom paper products, homemade favors, and our own ring bearer pillow, we had it all. Guests were entertained throughout dinner with live calypso music and fire dancers before dancing the night away quite literally under the stars. We capped the night off with all of the guests together on the beach lighting and sending lanterns into the sky along with our wishes for a long and healthy marriage. It was every bit perfection.


Wedding Photography: Just Love Me {Photo + Design} | Wedding Venue: Beaches Resort, Turks & Caicos | Event Coordination + Design: Shannon Gail Weddings | Floral Design: Beaches Resort | Paper Products: Just Invite Me | Wedding Dress: Allure Couture | Wedding Accessories: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: White by Vera Wang via David’s Bridal | Groomsmen Attire: Nordstrom

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Turks and Caicos Wedding by The Marin Studio

“T” is for tantelizing and “C” is for captivating, which is exactly what this Turks and Caicos wedding by The Marin Studio is. Barefoot in Vera Wang…I’m adding this bride to my crush list as well as her picture perfect venue The Coral House which looks cozy, warm and homey! Beware, this full gallery will leave you booking a flight!

From The Marin StudioDave and Erin started dating in 2007, which started with a long distance relationship between San Francisco and New York. Two years later, Erin moved to New York to be with Dave and start their life together. They were engaged in 2011 and knew they had to have their intimate wedding in their favorite vacation getaway, Turks and Caicos. They visit for a week there every May, and they always take walks on the beach. Every year they walk by this stunning private house tucked away from all the hotels. It had always caught their interest. After their engagement, they were coincidentally going to Turks the month after. They contacted the Coral House on Grace Bay in Providenciales, met with the villa manager and toured it — and booked it right away. It was the ideal location as the architecture, private beach front location and landscaping were so picturesque that Erin knew she wouldn’t have to do much for decor! They really wanted to have an effortlessly beautiful, simple and casual wedding — surrounded by their friends and family. 

It was the most perfect location for 36 of their closest friends and family. They were married barefoot right before sunset on the beach, which could not have been a more gorgeous location and time. They had rain a few days before, but the rain clouds cleared that day for the most beautiful sunset. Guests sipped on the local rum punch, which was being poured constantly by the amazing staff. Dave’s one request was to have a pig roast BBQ. Luckily the caterer that was recommended to them happened to do pig roasts! They had a local band perform some old classic rock songs mixed in with some local island tunes during cocktail hour, but changed to their own iPod mix for dancing. By the end of the night, people were jumping into the ocean and pool to cool off!

Wedding Photography: Ramin Rahimian of The Marin Studio / Wedding Venue: The Coral House in Turks and Caicos / Wedding Planning: Kim Mortimer / Floral Design: Flowers by Environmental Arts / Catering: The Kissing Fish Catering Company / Wedding Cake: Diane Guess of Cakes to Di For / Paper Goods: Bride & Groom + Mr. Boddington’s Studio / Band: David Bowen / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Hair + Makeup: Shenique Higgins of Sheque Perfection / Groom’s Attire: J.Crew

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Turks and Caicos Wedding at Gansevoort by Sandra Åberg Photography

First comes Egypt, then comes love, then comes a three day long fun filled wedding in Turks and Caicos by Sandra Åberg Photography. These postcard worthy images taken at the Gansevoort will leave you booking the next flight out to the Carribean they’re so gorgeous, not to mention the couple in them! I’m loving the bridesmaids dresses of bold greens and blues mirroring the ocean and how the Flowers by Environmental Arts provide a casual elegance to the day. Sail over to the full gallery to take in more of the fun.

From Sandra Åberg PhotographyIt all started in university when this lovely couple met each other — or actually, it started even before that in Egypt, where they both lived at separate times, not knowing they had friends in common in Egypt who, eight years later, would come to their wedding in Turks and Caicos. They both traveled and lived around the world until they ended up at a university in Virginia where they finally met and found out how much they had in common. Eight years later, they now live in New York and have found their home together. In April 2012, they invited all their friends and family from around the world to meet them in Turks and Caicos for a wedding beyond imaginable. A three-day long party on the beach, with scuba diving, sunbathing, dinners and dancing. Unlike other weddings I have seen or been to, it was not stiff or formal even though the location was fancy. Its was a real and honest couple surrounded by great people. and they had so much fun. The wedding was at the Gansevoort, a lovely setting perfect for a destination wedding. Planning a wedding far away from home was not as easy as they thought, but with some trips to the island, some good friends and luck it all came together.

Wedding Photography: Sandra Åberg Photography / Wedding Venue: Gansevoort in Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos / Wedding Planning: The Bride + Dorell of Destination TCI / Floral Design: Natalie of Flowers by Environmental Arts / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier “Arielle”

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Turks and Caicos Wedding by Three Nails Photography

Seaside chic perfection. I really have no other words. As a person who swoons over any wedding near the shoreline, this soiree took my breath away. Literally. Breathless because of all the prettiness and breathless because of the gorgeous images captured by Three Nails Photography. So settle in for this one lovelies, because each pretty little picture in the full gallery of images is just be-yond breathtaking.

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From the Bride… Lorcan and I were friends in college. After college, Lorcan moved away to LA, and oddly enough, that’s when we started dating. He came up to Toronto over the holidays, we were all hanging out, and he just asked me out. I thought he was crazy to want to start out as a long-distance relationship, but he was determined. We ended up doing three years of long distance until I finally moved down to LA a year and a half ago. As hard as long distance is, if it’s the right person, you never think twice and it’s totally worth it!  

Given we both live far away, from most of our family and friends we really wanted our wedding to bring together all the people we love and just hang out with them for as long as possible. We had 70 of our closest family and friends come down to Turks and Caicos for a few days before the wedding. We organized a BBQ on the beach and a boat cruise in the days leading up to the wedding, which really brought the group together. By the time of the wedding day, everyone pretty much knew each other and seemed to be having a great time. It seems like the day of the wedding went by so fast. We had a simple, short ceremony outside on the deck of the resort overlooking the ocean, which was followed by a cocktail hour in an outdoor lounge area with fire pits. There, guests could find their escort cards, which had vintage stamps of the places they were all coming from (Canada, New York, San Francisco, Australia, London, etc.). The reception was held on an outside deck area overlooking the ocean, and guests were seated at long tables covered in lace linens, candles and delicate flowers. Lorcan and I made our entrance with a choreographed dance, which was a big hit with everyone! After dinner and speeches, everyone hit up the dance floor and partied until the resort shut us down!

It is difficult to say there was one favorite moment on my wedding day because every time I looked at someone I love, a family member or friend, and saw how genuinely happy they were for me and Lorcan, that was an incredible moment for me.  Lorcan and I shared many personal moments together when we first kissed and every time we looked at each other over the dinner table … but to be able to share that with all the people we love made it really incredible for us.

I know that wedding planning is a lot of work, and sometimes its hard to listen to people when they tell you to enjoy every moment. My advice is this: Do all the planning, hard work and worrying you need to do up until the wedding day. The moment you wake up on your wedding, let it all go. There will always be things that go wrong, and these may seem like nightmares to you now, but on the wedding day, none of it will matter.  You will be remembering this day for the rest of your life and you want to remember yourself smiling and happy, not stressed and upset. What gave me the biggest high on my wedding day wasn’t the decorations or the food, it was seeing the excitement and happiness on all my friends, family and husband. All the people you love most are together with you on that day and they are all happy and excited for you — that is the best feeling in the world, something you may not experience again, and that is what you will remember and value most.

Wedding Photography: Three Nails Photography / Wedding Venue: Grace Bay Resort in Turks and Caicos / Postcards: Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence / Wedding Invitations: Baumbirdy / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Erin Cole / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Getting Ready Lace Robe: girlwithaseriousdream

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Destination Wedding by Gia Canali and Yifat Oren, IV

Thank you so much to the always inspiring Gia Canali and Yifat Oren for sharing today’s ridiculously gorgeous wedding with us. We feel really lucky to get to brag about some of our favorite vendors and you two are very high on our list of favorites. I hope that all of you found this wedding as inspiring as I did. And like yesterday’s Lisa Vorce feature, I hope you discovered ideas tucked inside that you can replicate on any budget. I’ve included a few budget ideas below!

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The main thing to note when finding inspiration within this wedding is the natural elegance. They looked to the beach…the colors, the textures, the natural beauty…and translated that into each and every detail. Starting with the color palette. With a blend of whites, greens and natural hues the look just faded perfectly into the backdrop.

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Next up, the details.

1. If you are getting married at a hotel on the beach, ask the hotel to borrow some of their lounge chairs. They always have extras on hand and although they might make you pay a rental fee, the look will be totally relaxed and chic.

2. Keep the details simple. Look to IKEA for accent pieces like these amazing floor cushions. A runner using plain muslin fabric. Branches instead of flowers to frame the aisle. Think organic, simple and refined. These adorable fans are a pretty affordable accent and your guests will love them.

3. Keep your flowers ultra simple and tidy. Wrap your bouquet in natural linen and twine or leather. With centerpieces, go for simple and low white flowers. Accent with big bowls of styrafome balls wrapped in twine (make your own based on these from Target). You can also fill in with artichokes and other pretty veggies without spending a ton of money.

4. Gift your boys a clean, casual white shirt that they can wear with khaki’s from their closet and a pair of brown flip-flops.

5. Finish off the look by creating wooden signs to mark each area of your wedding. The Ceremony…The Drinks…The Dinner…etc. You can even add in fun things like this couple did like a Jewelry Making station or Domino Dock. White paint on a sturdy wooden board will go a long way for making your affair seem a bit more homegrown, a bit more charming.