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Beautiful Boho Chic Beach Wedding

The sun is shining, the water is crystal clear, you’re barefoot on the beach and it’s the happiest day of your life. If this isn’t paradise, I’m not sure what is. Julie Livingston captured this boho chic beach wedding and as we continue to push through Mother Nature’s rough winter, this gallery of island inspiration is giving us life – see it all right this way!

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From Julie Livingston… A filmy, dreamy boho chic Caribbean wedding on a tropical island.

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Photography: Julie Livingston Photography | Floral Design: Blossom Artistry | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Reception Venue: Leverick Bay Resort | Hair + Makeup: meraki beauty | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Wedding Venue: Saba Rock Resort | Accomodations: Leverick Bay Resort | Bride Shoes: Handmade by bride | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Paper Goods: Print Charleston

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A Modern Cinco de Mayo Wedding (Margarita Bar Included!)

There are few things in life better than a margarita bar – at least in my opinion. Pair that concept with a chic destination wedding held on Cinco de Mayo, and you’ve got all the makings for the Best. Day. Ever. Island Style Weddings came on board to coordinate, Erin McGinn (dear friend of the bride) photographed, and you can find your happy place waiting right here.

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From Island Style WeddingsJoslin and Adam started off their island wedding week with a welcome party for their guests at Hawsknest beach. Delicious local food and tropical drinks were enjoyed in between snorkeling, lounging in the sand and floating in the crystal waters. A private sailing charter was the next event before their wedding day that all the guests savored together aboard Kekoa. By the time the wedding day came, all of the guests had shared in beautiful memories, making the wedding day all the more special and a perfect send off to their destination celebration.

The ceremony venue had stunning views and the perfect intimate setting without any distractions other than a warm breeze and a dreamy sunset. Simple white orchids complimented the space and island feel just perfectly while the guests were greeted with a guitar and violin duo. The guests were transported to another villa for the reception portion of the evening where breathtaking views, and appetizers were enjoyed by everyone as they arrived. White linens and tulle draped chairs continued the effortless feel for the reception setup. The white orchids were carried through to the reception decor and the gold accents sparkled under the strung bistro lights at dusk.

Dancing under the stars with all their loved ones finished off the celebration; it was truly a memorable week of celebrating for the beautifully happy couple!

From Erin McGinnAs a photographer, there is nothing more special than being asked to capture one of your closest friends’ weddings. That is unless they have worked in the event industry for years with you and have seen thousands of stunning weddings (and wedding photos) and still choose you to be the one to photograph their day.

Joslin and Adam invited their nearest and dearest to St. John in the US Virgin Islands from New England and beyond to spend a week of adventure, sun, sand, boats, and laughter with them in the most spectacular of locales. Beach days, a trip aboard the sailing charter Kekoa, and a locally inspired BBQ welcome party at Hawksnest Beach, were just some of the fun they had in store for their small group of family and friends. The wedding planned in the modern and sleek Villa Kalorama for Thursday May 5th – Cinco de Mayo, was purely their taste.

All white, with lots of glass and clean, contemporary architecture. When the weather decided not to cooperate earlier in the week, the most perfect Plan B was put into action by the amazing Mary Bartolucci of Island Style Weddings at Aqua Blu Villa. While the ceremony still took place at Kalorama under the cover of the villa’s open air living room in case of rain, guests were transported after a few glasses of bubbly to another spectacular villa with a completely different view and a Caribbean-elegant vibe.

The weather held out for us, and we were able to do our first look and couple portraits all around the grounds of Kalorama, and then after the ceremony, explore the rugged cliffside and lush surroundings of Aqua Blu for romantic golden hour photographs. Having the best of two locations, Joslin and Adam’s guests sipped their favorite Margarita recipes and dined on the most delicious Mexican-inspired feast to revel in the Cinco de Mayo holiday (after all, the couple did have their first date at a Mexican restaurant in Newport, Rhode Island, complete with tequila shots!). Joslin and Adam did it right, followed their hearts and created a full Caribbean experience for their guests- a personal and memorable event that we will all hold close to our hearts always.

Photography: Erin McGinn | Coordination: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza Legends | Cake: Queen Of Tarts | Invitations: Folia Stationers | Ceremony Venue: Villa Kalorama | Reception Venue: Acqua Blu Villa | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: BHLDN | Rings: Mullen Brothers Jewelers | Catering: Ocean 362 | Hair + Makeup: Grapevine Salon | Calligraphy: Jessie Rae | DJ: Adonis Morton | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Ray Conover | Ceremony Music: Chris Robbert | Bridal Boutique: Musette Bridal | Signage: New England Invitations | Welcome Party Catering: Local and Tasty | Welcome Party Venue: Hawksnest Beach

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This Week-Long Celebration in Paradise is Everything

There’s nothing I love more than a fabulous party.  And this darling duo? They celebrated their “I do’s” with a week-long celebration in paradise, all with the help of 50 of their nearest and dearest, plus the talents of Andrew and Elisha and Island Style Weddings. It was a fun-filled itinerary with a big ol’ side of beach wedding.  See it all in THE VAULT right this way.

From Andrew and Elisha… Josh and Tiffany and 50 loved ones had a week of celebrating. From island hopping to beach BBQ’s the week was spent making magical memories for all who traveled with them. Having recently relocated from Southern California to Colorado, this busy couple’s focus was on sharing time with their friends and family.

Their week started with a welcome get together at Dr!nk in Cruz Bay, St John. Guests enjoyed tropical beverages and mouthwatering appetizers from Queen of Tarts, while watching the sunset over St Thomas.

A trip to Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands aboard the 50 ft catamaran “Daydreamer” entailed a full day of snorkeling, island hopping and exploring the “barefoot island”. The afternoon was spent in hammocks at the Soggy Dollar Bar, painkiller anyone?

Instead of a traditional rehearsal dinner, they chose to spend the day on Hawksnest beach with a BBQ provided by Local and Tasty. Paddle boards, kayak and snorkeling gave the guests opportunity to explore the clear waters of the Caribbean.

The wedding ceremony was held at Trunk bay followed by a their reception at the Waterfront Bistro. DJ Adonis Morton kept the group on the dance floor all night.

Photography: Andrew and Elisha | Event Planning + Design: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too | Ceremony Venue: Trunk Bay | Reception Venue: The Waterfront Bistro | Catering: The Waterfront Bistro | Catering: Local and Tasty | Catering: Queen Of Tarts | DJ: Adonis Morton | Officiant: Island Style Weddings | Accomodations: Gallows Point Resort | Beverage Services: Dr!nk | Sailing Day: Daydreamer

Barefeet. Crystal Clear Water. Tropical Flowers. This is the Ultimate Beach Wedding

Close your eyes and picture a wedding in paradise. Chances are, it looks a lot like this gorgeous destination wedding in St. John from Island Style Weddings. With a ceremony in the sand, a tented reception with the sea breeze in the air and tropical flowers in vibrant hues, every detail of this wedding is absolute perfection. See it all from Elisha Orin in The Vault!

From Island Style WeddingsIn November 2014, I designed Marilyn and Glen’s wedding. We bonded and had a great time speaking each week, getting to know each and planning a wedding that was 15 years in the making.

Marilyn’s daughter Meaghan attended the wedding however she was MIA a lot during the reception. As we all know, wedding can be an emotional time and I thought she was maybe she was feeling a little sad.

Little did I know that she was upstairs talking on the phone to a handsome gent she had just begun to date.

I was delighted to get a call from her asking me to design her wedding! What a celebration it was! I was thrilled that she had found such a kind and loving man in Brad.

Family and friends came together, went sailing, beaching and dancing the night away. I am only sorry that she is an only child…..maybe Marilyn can adopt someone so we can plan another wedding together.

Meghan and Brad, you are so in love and it radiated throughout the week. So much love and joy, isn’t that what weddings are all about? Thank you for choosing to work with us, we loved every minute.

Photography: Andrew and Elisha | Floral Design: Roses Too | Cake: Queen Of Tarts | Ceremony Venue: Trunk Bay Beach | Reception Venue: Gallows Point Resort | Catering: Mat Vachart | Band: In The Sand Band | Officiant: Island Style Weddings | Ceremony Music: Chris Robbert | Coordination + Design: Island Style Weddings

Romantic St. John Destination Wedding

After putting planning on hold due to a deployment to Afghanistan, this beautiful couple picked back up where they left off, with the help of Mary Bartolucci of Island Style Weddings, and created a celebration truly fitting of their personalities and wedding wishes. Lindsay Vann captured both the sparkling sands and smiles and this gallery is bound to be an unburied treasure for years to come.

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From the Bride… Getting to our wedding day was quite a journey for us. My husband proposed to me on Memorial Day 2013 on Catalina Island. We then started the process of deciding a wedding location. We threw out many ideas but kept coming back to St John, a place he and I both fell in love with after traveling there twice together. When the location was set, we then selected Mary and her team at Island Style Weddings to assist us with the planning and coordination. We were able to set a date the following May and started to sort through some of the details. During the fall of 2013, right before we gave the green light to print our save the dates, my husband (a pilot in the Marine Corps) found out he would be leaving at the beginning of the year for a deployment to Afghanistan which could be up to a year duration. Mary was extremely understanding when I contacted her to let her know what was going on and told me to give her a call when we were ready to pick back up on the planning. Thankfully, Ben did not have to be in Afghanistan for the full year and we were able to set a new date in February 2015. Though the journey to get to our wedding was longer than we initially had planned, having our friends and family there with us to experience the magic of St John was more fun than we could have dreamed it could be. Choosing to have a destination wedding allowed us to have more time and make more memories with our guests. Island Style Weddings helped to arrange a Welcome Party, a day sail to the British Virgin Island and a beach BBQ on the days leading up to the wedding. From saying our vows overlooking the beautiful blue waters to dancing the night away with our friends, the wedding is a day we will both remember forever. As I look back now, the only word I can think to describe our wedding is “perfect” and the wait was sure worth it.

From Island Style Weddings… As the daughter of a former Marine Captain, this couple holds a special place in my heart. Ben, a fighter pilot in the US Marine Corps was called for deployment to Afghanistan nine months prior to their wedding date. Everything went on hold as we all prayed for Ben’s safe return. I was delighted when Jen called to tell us he was coming home and we set a new wedding date.

Jen was a dream bride to work with. Easy going, with a strong sense of style, Jen made wedding planning easy. She had a clear vision of what she wanted and we helped her make her vision a reality. I am honored to have been part of their wedding celebration and thank both of them for the sacrifices they have made for our country.

Photography: Lindsay Vann | Event Coordination: Island Style Weddings | Event Design: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Wedding Cake: Queen Of Tarts | Invitations: Inspirations By Amie Lee | Ceremony Venue: Annaberg Ruins | Reception Venue: Ocean Grill | Hair And Makeup: Sugar and Spice Artistry | DJ: Adonis Morton | Groom's Attire: Mercy Streams | Officiant: Island Style Weddings | Day Sail: Daydreamer | Musician: Chris Robbert | Save The Dates: Serendipity Beyond Design | Wedding Rings: Charles Koll | Welcome Party Venue: High Tide Bar And Grill

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Romantic St. John Destination Wedding

The Annaberg Ruins might be one of the most unique ceremony sites I’ve come upon in a while, and also one of the most beautiful. Enchanting and romantic, they added a whole other amazing element to this island wedding, and Elisha Orin captured every stunning view and special moment between these newlyweds. See it all, from sunup to last kiss, right here.

From the Bride… We chose a destination wedding because we wished to be surrounded by natural beauty as we celebrated the past, present and future. What better place than St. John! We hired a fantastic wedding planner to help make our vision come alive, which helped us stay focused on soaking up the sunshine and the love from our family and friends. We wanted to plan fun, casual activities leading up to the big day in order for everyone to hang out because having our two families get to know one another really meant a lot to both of us. Our first time to the US Virgin Islands was 72 hours before we said “I do” and that aspect made each wedding event even more special and memorable. We finally got to see an island that we always hoped to visit and now can look forward to anniversary trips – a huge perk! We have bonded over shared travel experiences; the journey has shaped us as a couple. “We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”

Photography: Elisha Orin | Videography: Nazareth Road Productions | Coordination: Island Style Weddings | Event Design: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Queen Of Tarts | Ceremony Venue: Annaberg Ruins | Reception Venue: The Waterfront Bistro | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Hair And Makeup: Grapevine Salon | Grooms Attire: Alton Lane | Groomsmen's Attire: Vineyard Vines | Cake Topper: Danielle Lechuga | Officiate: Island Style Weddings | Sailing Charters: Kekoa | Welcome Party: Dr!nk

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Elegant Island Wedding

I’ve said it before, but I think it’s worth repeating: we love destination weddings.  So when a stunning St. John, USVI affair comes our way from the uber-talented Mary Bartolucci of Island Style Weddings, you better believe we’re going to share that beauty faster than you can say “non-stop pampering.”  Think a sophisticated color palette meets breathtaking views meets all kinds of pretty.  See it all captured by Lindsay Vann right here, and soak in the gorgeous film from Nazareth Roads Productions below.  

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From the Bride… When we got engaged, we knew we wanted to have a destination wedding. We love to travel and one of our favorite places on earth is St. John, USVI. The pristine, white sandy beaches, and the natural beauty of the island was something that we wanted to share with our friends and family.

We hoped our guests would fall in love with this magical island as much as we have, so we planned a welcome party and day sail during our stay. To start the week of wedding festivities, we dined at Dr!nk overlooking the beach in Cruz Bay. The following day, we sailed to Jost Van Dyke on Kekoa, where we snorkeled and enjoyed the famous Painkiller drink at the Soggy Dollar Bar.

St. John is such a beautiful island with so many choices for a wedding venue, but Turtle Bay Point at Caneel Bay Resort was the perfect place to say ‘I do’. The grassy landscape overlooking the water is absolutely breathtaking. I could not have a dreamed of a more beautiful wedding! The memories we shared with our friends and family during that week is something that we will forever cherish.

Photography: Lindsay Vann | Videography: Nazareth Road Productions | Coordination: Island Style Weddings | Event Design: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Queen Of Tarts | Ceremony Venue: Caneel Bay Resort | Reception Venue: Villa Kalorama | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair And Makeup: Sugar and Spice Artistry | DJ: Adonis Morton | Grooms Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Egara | Day Sail: Kekoa | Steel Panist: Albion Sewer | Welcome Party: Dr!nk

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Romantic Virgin Islands Destination Wedding

This here is an instance where I need to re-read the info to see if this was an editorial shoot or an actual wedding. The photos of the Bride and Groom in the water look like something out of a magazine and have me considering some epic post-receptions pics myself. Closer to Love Photography worked their magic behind the lens and Zomei Film Stories captured the romance of this breathtaking celebration.

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From Closer to LoveThere truly are no words to fully describe how beautiful the Virgin Islands are. Full of lush greenery and the most beautiful crystal clear turquoise water we’ve ever seen, it was like paradise on earth. Marci and David, along with their families became our very own family, and we built a lifetime of unforgettable memories. As photographers, we often times found ourselves speechless and in awe at all the amazingness that was before us. We had to come to grips that nothing could ever top this trip, and we just had to accept the reality that everything would be compared to the Virgin Islands – which would be a very tough location to follow! Marci and David’s St. John wedding was filled with detail and personal touches. They chose green as their main wedding color to honor David’s Irish background. To honor Marci’s Louisiana roots, the couple along with their guests had a traditional New Orleans Second Line, marching through the streets of St. John after their beautiful ceremony! We were truly honored to be part of it all and will forever treasure these memories (and more) in our hearts!

From the Bride… It wasn’t a difficult decision for us to choose the Virgin Islands as our wedding destination. It is after all where David and I met and fell in love ten years ago. We couldn’t wait to share our marriage with friends and family in such a magical place, and it was truly everything we dreamt of.

I was in shock when David got down on one knee in the middle of Rome, though I should’ve expected it, he’s such a romantic! I loved being engaged and tried to soak in every moment of the planning process. I’ve never been a “big wedding” bride, much to the dismay of my large southern family. However, my family didn’t mind the smaller wedding idea once they saw photos of our favorite islands.

The most important aspect of planning was ensuring all our wedding events were as personal and intimate as possible. From Australia to Germany, California to Rhode Island, our guests came from many places to celebrate, and we wanted them to feel at home. Our welcome party started off with a huge pot of my dad’s Louisiana crawfish étouffée, a sure hit amongst our southern and northern friends alike. We hosted beach parties, boating trips, and a sunset cruise after our rehearsal.

Since we were unable to visit our location prior to the wedding week, we took pleasure in the unknown and tried not to obsess over every detail. This worked to our advantaged as we were surprised and completely blown away with how perfect it all turned out. My mother’s cathedral length veil, a custom handkerchief made from my mother, grandmothers, and mother-in-law’s wedding dresses, and David’s grandfather’s tie pin set the tone for a ceremony filled with love and tradition. We chose green as our main wedding color to honor David’s Irish background. To honor my Louisiana roots, we had a traditional New Orleans Second Line through the streets of St. John after our ceremony.

Personalizing our wedding details was very special to me. I loved creating our invitations, party favors, and place cards. I took calligraphy and watercolor courses in order to prepare, and David and I stayed up late many nights hand embossing each invitation, water coloring our wedding map and menus, and putting together welcome bags. My most favorite detail was the stamps we used on our wedding envelopes. I found vintage stamps from every state we’ve lived. They were the first thing wedding guests saw when their invitation arrived and it showcased our love of our past and excitement for our future.

Our wedding could not have been more perfect. It was intimate, romantic, and relaxed, as well as hilarious and wild when we completed our night with an impromptu dance party with locals in the town square. The starlit boat ride home after our reception still gives me chills. David and I sat hand in hand as husband and wife, surrounded by our nearest and dearest in our favorite place on earth, on our now most favorite day.

Photography: Closer to Love Photography | Videography: Zomei Film Stories | Wedding Coordinator: Angela Berry | Florist: Passion Flowers Of St John | Wedding Dress: Watters | Wedding Cake: VI Desserts | Invitations: Doucet Lettering | Church: Our Lady Of Mount Carmel, St. John | Reception Venue: Asolare | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Hair + Makeup: Artistry By Kristina | Groom's Attire: Cubavera | Boutique: Lovely Bridal Shop | Bridal Veil: Bride’s Mother’s Veil | Cake Topper: Milk Tea | Headband: BHLDN | Welcome Bags, Custom Luggage Tags, Menus, Place Cards: Doucet Lettering

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Tropical and Glamorous Wedding at St. Thomas Ritz

With a love story that began underwater, it only feels fitting that a Ritz Carlton St. Thomas ceremony followed suit. Strawberry Milk Events came alongside the couple to plan their dream seaside soiree bursting with East End Flowers. Subtle patterns of (real!) wallpaper – from paper cones to table runners – were a lovely ode to the Bride’s family business while Sylvie Gil was beautifully capturing all the tropical glamour here.

From Julie at Strawberry Milk EventsAn elegant fun destination wedding weekend, 100 of their nearest and dearest gathered to celebrate their wedding.The night before the wedding there was a colorful beach bash with a carnival theme. We embraced classic glamour in a tropical setting. The muted palette showcased gorgeous scenery. With shades of white, cream, and a pale aqua accented against gold and lucite. We honored the Bride’s family by incorporating their family business, York Wallcoverings, as a subtle pattern through the day. Using real wallpaper into the details of the day, paper cones, petal toss, menus, invitations, escort cards, and table runners. It was a beautiful celebration.

From the Bride… We met by accident at a cocktail party. William asked me if he could take me on a date. He had trouble remembering my name and called me “Allison” when he asked me out. We went on that date 4 years ago and the rest is history.

As a birthday present William got me scuba diving certification classes and to complete my certification I had one last dive in Cozumel, Mexico. When I was underwater my future husband showed me a shell and lifted it up from the ground and when he opened the shell there was a diamond.. He proposed right there on the spot UNDERWATER! Which was pretty smart, because he didn’t have to say anything, plus the diamond looked extra big underwater :)

What was special about our wedding was the idea of creating a vacation getaway for everyone. Originally we were going to have our wedding in his hometown, which was going to require a long commute for everyone, especially for those guests who were coming from outside the U.S. So, we decided to change our whole plan and choose a beautiful vacation destination-the Caribbean. We chose St. Thomas, USVI.

We wanted it to be easy and exotic all at the same time. A place people might not ever get a chance to visit. We wanted a smaller, more intimate feel but with enough options of things to do. The choice of resort was extremely important with the requirement that everyone stay at the resort. Since English was the native language, US currency and cell phone reception was everywhere. There was a built in convenience factor that helped us make our destination decision. The setting of the resort, while large enough to accommodate all of our guests, was still very intimate, creating the environment for our 125 guest to meet and get to know one another over the course of the long weekend. Also helpful was the shared experience of participating in daily activities we planned like group snorkeling, a sailing Regatta and Beach Olympics.

Since I work in the family business of manufacturing wall coverings, we used wallpaper to accent the wedding decor – from the invitations and table runner to programs and pocket squares for the groomsmen. My wedding dress was from Monique Lhuillier, style-Luminere bought in Washington, DC. My shoes were custom-made by Kate Spade.

Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Wedding Planner: Strawberry Milk Events | Floral Design: East End Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair & Makeup: Artistry By Kristina | Band: In The Sand Band | Bistro Lights, Uplighting, Dance Floor, Chairs: Jenn Events | Ritz Carlton St Thomas: Ritz Carlton St Thomas | Wallpaper On Tables: York Wallcoverings

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Elegant Island Wedding in St. John

This week has been insanely cold here in New England and with flurries swirling outside my window, I can’t even fathom the glory of summer days ahead. So when this wedding in St. John came my way, I took full advantage of a mental escape. With Island Style Weddings at the helm, this elegant affair was casual, yet chic, and I’ll be soaking up Lindsay Vann’s gorgeous photos as we brace for the cold weekend ahead.

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From Mary Bartolucci… Good tunes, breathtaking views, and creative minds are just some of the elements that helped make Natalie and Scott’s wedding day unforgettably harmonious. Literally. Musical theater is a big part of Natalie’s life, and with a wedding party that shared the same talents and love for performing they all joined in during the ceremony recessional playing percussion and dancing down the aisle to ‘I Choose You’ by Sara Bareilles. The joyous vibes from their ceremony at the historic Annaberg Ruins carried through to their reception at The Waterfront Bistro.

Soft peach and white roses with accents of mint and gold looked so elegant in all the flower arrangements. The dinner tables had subtle mint touches in the ribbon and menus while the ocean views remained the focal point. All the paper details were designed by Scott, who is a senior art director. Even the adorable welcome bags had Scott’s creative touch and the guests loved them! We look forward to seeing what the future holds for these talented, creative newlyweds!

Natalie and Scott’s wedding week started with beach days, boat trips and welcome parties and ended with a cheerful wedding celebration that left guests smiling and dancing all the way home. The evening was full of delicious food, surprise performances, tropical cocktails, and lots of dancing! Love was in the air and it was felt by all; simply beautiful.

Photography: Lindsay Vann | Videography: Refractive Films | Coordination: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too | Wedding Cake: Queen Of Tarts | Ceremony Venue: Annaberg Ruins | Reception Venue: The Waterfront Bistro | Hair And Makeup: Grapevine Salon | DJ: Dj Adonis | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Groomsmen Suits: Calvin Klein | Boating Day: Cinnamon Bay Charters | Bridal Belt: Birnbaum and Bullock | Bridal Gown: Birnbaum and Bullock | Bridal Shoes: Apple Dance Shoes | Bridemaid Dresses: Weddington Way | Bridemaid Jewelry: Nina Kuna, Kea Loho Jewelry | Bridesmaid Belts: Lovelikestyle | Cake Topper: Better Off Wed | Flower Girl Dress: ANKO Design | Groom's Shoes: Banana Republic | Groom's Tie: The Tie Bar | Invitation Caligraphy: TucciCursive | Invitation Letterpress: Bowne And Co Stationers | Welcome Party: Motu Bar

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Glamorous Caribbean Inspiration

It’s no surprise that when a labor of love unites the photo talents of Lesley Castle with the event design and styling of Island Style Weddings every detail turns out to be perfectly vibrant and relaxed. Combining Caribbean flair with glamorous glitter, everything from the arrangements by Roses too to the hair stylings by Grapevine Salon captured to create a gallery fit for paradise.

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From Mary BartolucciAfter months of brainstorming, pinning, and sharing collective inspiration, Island Style Weddings’ first styled photo shoot came to fruition in this labor of love! What a delight it was to work with such a talented group of island friends on this collaboration.Our creative juices were flowing with visions of romance, whimsical Caribbean colors and glamorous gold accents. We hit the ground at the crack of dawn to capture the morning light at Carolina Corral, on the east side of the island. Leah, our stunning model was a great sport in calming her horse to get just the right shot!

The cocktail hour shoot burst with colors and island flavors. MJ of Motu Bar, our mixologist nailed our vision right on the dot with the tropical garnishes and lush flavors. The cocktails, were not only lovely but quite tasty! A Caribbean inspired shoot wouldn’t be complete without coconuts…and rum of course! Loved these playful shots drinking from the coconuts. Colleen Kramper and Michelle Collins of Grapevine salon, used all the tricks of their trade to keep our models looking fresh and camera ready in the tropical heat.

There was no shortage of laughs…Lesley Castle Photography did an incredible job capturing all of the details throughout the weekend! Not a moment was missed with her attention to detail and creative eye. Based in Los Angeles, Lesley is no stranger to the islands. Having been raised on St John helped Lesley explore the essence of the island through her camera lens. Jessica, from Roses Too transformed our color inspirations and vision into stunning arrangements! The bouquets were a festive mix of textures, colors, and whimsy – absolutely breathtaking.

The table setting at Villa Rapture of St John Ultimate Villas continued with our vibrant color and gold accent theme. The gorgeous sun setting in the distance made the ‘golden hour’ beautifully romantic! A champagne toast was the perfect end to our busy day.

Although this dream team works together regularly on real weddings, this was our first inspired shoot. As long time island residents and wedding professionals, it was magical to see our vision come together. We hope that this shoot warms your heart as much as it did ours. Enjoy!

Photography: Lesley Castle | Event Design: Island Style Weddings | Event Design: Island Style Weddings | Event Planning: Island Style Weddings | Event Stylist: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too | Hair and Makeup: Grapevine Salon | Beach: VI National Park- Honeymoon Beach | Decor: Island Style Weddings | Luxury Villa: Villa Kalorama | Mixologist: Motu Bar | Model: Island Style Weddings | Model: Roses Too | Model: Jessie Ludwig | Stables: Carolina Corral | Styist: Island Style Weddings

Tropical Great St. James Weddingmoon Inspiration

Happy Friday, SMPers! Around these parts, sprinkles of snow and wintry cold weather is the norm this time of year, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to dream of sand between our toes and a soft ocean breeze. So when a bit of tropical goodness comes our way in the form of this lovely little shoot from Island Style Weddings, you won’t hear us complaining. And for those of you considering a weddingmoon? You might want to spend some extra time cozying up to the gallery from Sara Wight!

From Island Style WeddingsLeah and I toured Great St James, a privately owned island between St Thomas and St John, US Virgin Island as a future wedding and vacation venue. Once we stepped on the island, it was clear we had found the perfect location for Island Style Weddings’ styled photo shoot.

Inspiration came from “Gift from the Sea”, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I have always loved this book written in 1955 by Charles Lindbergh’s widow. Many of my couples have incorporated passages from the book for their wedding ceremonies. Mrs. Lindbergh’s love of the ocean is complimented with her poetic insight into relationships of all kinds.

The story begins with a couple traveling to Great St James to begin a new life together on their weddingmoon. Escaping from the rushed world left behind, our couple rediscover the beauty of simplicity and each other. The island’s 164 acres provided space for exploration, playfulness, relaxation and romance.

Our vision was to enhance the rustic nature of the island, without distraction from the natural beauty that surrounded us. The soft colors of mint and sea foam in the dresses looked gorgeous against the natural colors of the surrounding sand and crystal waters. Accents of purple flowers in all shades helped bring vibrancy to the location. Subtle hints of ombré and various textures helped create the effortless feeling we were after.

One of my favorite parts of working on a styled shoot is collaborating with such a talented group of wedding professional. As wedding designers, photographers, stylists, pastry chefs, caterers, florists and mixologists our usual focus is translating our clients visions for their perfect Caribbean celebration. I love to team up with this group to share ideas and allow our creative juices to flow.

A huge thank you to Leah of Island Style Weddings, Sara of Sara Wight Photography, Jessica of Roses Too, Liz of Queen of Tarts, MJ of Motu Bar, The gang at Rent the Runway, Thea of Hushed Commotion, Kalee of Sholdt Design, Missy of The Nest St John, Models Grace Bartolucci & Gabriel Stephen, Karl of Virgin Magic Charters, Mike and Crystal Gillich managers of Great St James, Rani of Ranifly Bikinis, Karl of Virgin Magic Charters and of course DD, the Dumpster Diva Dog of Great St James.

Photography: Sara Wight Photography | Design: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too Flowers | Wedding Dress: Rent The Runway | Cake: Queen Of Tarts | Jewelry: Sholdt Design | Grooms Attire: Sage Lane | Arrival And Cocktail Dress: Rent The Runway | Beverage Styling: Motu Bar | Bikini: Ranifly | Brides Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar | Decor Items: The Nest | Hair And Makeup Styling: Island Style Weddings | Headpiece And Veil: Hushed Commotion | Private Island: Great St James | Sunset Sail: Virgin Magic Charters

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Romantic Wedding at Trunk Bay Beach

I’m crossing my fingers that a friend will do a destination wedding. Witnessing “I do’s” combined with a vacation seems like the best arrangement ever. Seeing the pure joy on this bride’s face, you can tell just how relaxed she was, loving every beautiful moment. Elisha Orin and Nazareth Road Productions joined the party, capturing every sunny smile and beach sunset, all available to feed our wanderlust here.

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From The Bride… After meeting in Italy 4 years ago, living in separate cities (Chicago and Dallas), it only seemed fair to have a destination wedding. Marco proposed at the Art Institute of Chicago, which was beautiful and sentimental. I majored in Art History in college and it was one of our favorite places to go. In front of beautiful Renoir paintings, I said yes! He presented my great grandmothers diamond in a beautiful halo setting, and later we both selected David Yurman wedding bands with matching cables.

Our wedding was mostly homemade with coordination help on the island by Island Bliss Weddings. Our style was filled with DIY decor, soft and flowing fabrics, destination travel, Italian and Southern roots, salty air you can almost smell from here, and a gorgeous background that will make your jaw drop. The guests and bridal party spent a week in paradise leading up to the wedding. Going on snorkel trips and hiking the national park trails, new friendships were made that will last a lifetime.

All of the reception and ceremony decorations were made in the states at our small apartment and shipped to the islands to wait for the big day. Our coordinator did a phenomenal job in setting everything up exactly as we wanted. It is very rare, I am sure, that weddings go off without a hitch, however ours went by effortlessly thanks to all our wonderful vendors who helped. Our favorite part of the planning process was the invitation design, which we selected to be a boarding pass complete with map of the island. Guest tore off the RSVP portion and mailed it back to insure a checkmark next to their name! The colors we selected were deep teal, navy, and coral with hints of grey and green. We wanted to enhance the beautiful colors of the island but still select something deep since we were having the wedding in the middle of January. Our flowers were small due to our budget but we were able to get creative with their usage. Detachable arch flowers doubled as flowers for main tables at the reception, and the bridesmaid bouquets were placed in small vases around the reception to add a fresh scent. Most of the other flowers at the reception and ceremony were burlap with lace and netting complements. The programs, welcome letters, and other paper items were all designed by me in my studio and carried the island travel theme.

We are so proud to have had the opportunity to for an intimate surf side ceremony with our closest friends and family. Please accept the following images and details for this submission and I throughly hope you enjoy our wedding.

Photography: Elisha Orin | Videography: Nazareth Road Productions | Coordination: Island Bliss Weddings | Event Design: Gold Anchor Weddings Design | Wedding Dress: Stella's Bridal | Cake: Cakes Vi Shelly Berry | Invitations: Gold Anchor Weddings Design | Ceremony Venue: Trunk Bay Beach | Reception Venue: High Tide Bar And Grill | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: High Tide Bar And Grill | Men's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Bridal Jewelry: Kendra Scott Jewelry | Hair Styling Bride And Bridesmaids: Sugar and Spice Artistry | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Tap Room St John Brewers

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Laid Back Romance in St. John

My fiancé and I had the toughest time deciding between a local or destination wedding. Ultimately, we chose a local wedding to involve more family and friends, but destination weddings will forever tug at my heart strings. Enter this laid back beach fete planned to perfection by Mary Bartolucci. A tropical breeze, soft sand grazing your feet and palms fanning your every move

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Dreamy St Thomas Destination Day After Session

Day after sessions are pure genius to me. All the wedding day stress is gone, it’s another amazing opportunity to snap a few timeless shots, and I don’t think anyone would complain about an excuse to slip on their wedding gown again.  This beauty of a session from Kristin La Voie Photography proves that day after sessions are just the prettiest, and there is even more to see here.

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From Kristin La Voie PhotographyI have a goodie for you! This is a gorgeous Day After session of Liana & Leo at the popular Magen’s Bay in Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas. This beach is one of the top 10 beaches in the world, for obvious reasons I could tell as soon as I stepped foot on the white sand. The blue and turquoise crystal water was nestled in the bay of perfection with the most spectacular views. Liana & Leo wed the day before aboard the Oasis of the Seas, and opted for a private day after session at this popular locale (you may recognize it from the recent appearance of Edward and Bella’s honeymoon in Twilight). The beach was extraordinary and I could not load the film fast enough!

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Venue: Magen's Bay

St. Thomas Destination Wedding

If ever there was a place primed for a perfect destination wedding…I’m pretty sure St. Thomas would be it. Because you need next to nothing to make your celebration spectacular. And while this bride layered on the turquoise and coral touches – inspired from the beaches themselves – the backdrop alone was enough for us to fall in love. Even more photos from Crown Images right here!

From the bride…We were going for a vintagey-beachy, relaxed elegance kind of vibe. We went with a lot of turquoise blue (bridesmaid dresses, mason jars for the ceremony aisle & the centerpieces, mother of the bride dress & turquoise gingham cocktail umbrellas I got from France) and coral (my shoes, troy’s socks & tie, the flowers, the ringbearers ties, the flower girls flower crowns, cocktail straws, matchbooks, the lace & burlap table runners and really pale peachy flowers on my dress). Basically, I went crazy on etsy. I actually didn’t realize how vintage-y my dress and hair looked until I saw your pictures. I loved how it all came together! It was a last minute to decision to have the flower girls & ringbearers barefoot for the wedding. I loved the kids playing in the water during & right after the wedding.

Music is also really important to me so that’s why we had the guitar player for the wedding (I walked down the aisle to “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers). We also had a steal drum player for the cocktail hour & dj for the reception. Our wedding song was “I Got You” by Jack Johnson.

Since my guests were coming a long way & using up vacation time to come to my wedding, I wanted them to have as great a time as possible. So that’s why we also had a welcome party the night before and a beach party the day after the wedding. Lots of great food & great drinks by Passion Fruit caterers for all 3 events.

Photography: Crown Images | Wedding Dress: St. Pucchi | Catering: Passion Fruit Chefs | Hair and Makeup: Sugar and Spice Artistry | Wedding Venue: Sand Dollar Estate | Groom\'s Attire: Hugo Boss | Music: Chris Robbert | Planning: Island Bliss Weddings | Villa: Sand Dollar Estate

St. John Destination Wedding from Carina Skrobecki Photography

Is there anything better than celebrating your “I do’s” in paradise?  I think not.  Especially when that paradise happens to be the ever-wonderful St. John and those “I do’s” happen to be sprinkled with pretty pink hues, fab paper goods from Carina Skrobecki Design and drop-dead gorgeous blooms from Roses Too, Inc..  That’s what we call a love-filled wonderland with crystal blue waters and acres upon acres of glistening sand.  See it all captured by Carina Skrobecki right here.

From Carina Skrobecki PhotographyAmy and Kenn were married on the beautiful island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands at the Caneel Bay Resort. The venue was beyond picturesque and left us no shortage of amazing places for photos. All guests were invited to come a couple of days early to enjoy a welcome dinner and cocktails as well as a rehearsal dinner at breathtaking restaurant nestled into the side of a cliff overlooking Cruz Bay. Guests came from all over the country and made the entire week an enjoyable celebration.

Being from the Pacific Northwest myself, it was amazing to see how lush the island was, and how it’s wet atmosphere reminded me of home. The two of them decided to keep decor pretty simple, letting the natural landscape do most of the work with “decorating”. The wedding itself incorporated some tropical details, but also felt fresh and unique to Amy & Kenn. A palette of corals, oranges, and blues were present in paper materials as well as floral arrangements, and small anchors and nautical details were dotted throughout the scenery. The bride wore a simple lace dress accented with pearl and diamond jewelry, and bridesmaids wore an assortment of dresses varying from purples & pinks to corals and fuchsias. The groomsmen were sharp in navy sport coats with a touch of tropical, Tommy Bahama dress shirts.

The best part was getting to document Amy slipping into her reception dress at the end of the evening to make dancing a bit more fun. Even the groom was surprised and the little feathered number was totally a hit!

From the Bride… We loved that we did a destination wedding! Kenn had previously taken me on a trip to St. John and we instantly fell in love with the small, quaint, beautiful island. When we were inviting guests, we knew they were coming from all over the country, so we wanted to make sure that they felt taken care of and could relax. I have to say, my favorite memory from the wedding was seeing all of our guests during the cocktail hour of reception they had all made friends with one another during the days leading up to the wedding and it was great seeing everyone happy for us and mingling.

We also planned a few activities for guests through the week to opt into or opt out of…. like a welcome dinner, island tours, and cocktails on the beach. It was also nice to have our parents arrive a day earlier then friends, so we could have a nice dinner with them prior to the festivities. We loved having our wedding on St. John.

Photography: Carina Skrobecki Design | Floral Design: Roses Too | Wedding Dresses: Tulle New York | Jewelry: Debra Moreland | Make-up: Grapevine Salon | Hair: Bumble and Bumble | Grooms Attire: Robert Graham | Grooms Attire: Tommy Bahama | Groomsmen Attire: Tommy Bahama | Venue: Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort | Reception Dress Style: Tulle New York | Stationery + Design: Carina Skrobecki Design | Wedding Dress Style: Tulle New York

St. Thomas Wedding from Clary Pfeiffer

After my sister came back from a recent trip to St. Thomas gushing with enthusiasm, I made a mental note to add it to my travel list. And now this wedding has come along and sealed that deal. St. Thomas is officially moving up to my #1 must-see destination and it has everything to do with these gorgeous images by Clary Pfeiffer. We’re talking crystal clear water views and peony filled details crafted by Janelle Scott. St. Thomas, I think I love you. See it all right here.

From the Bride…Jon and I were high school sweethearts, together for 10 years before he proposed on top of Old Rag Mountain. Jon insisted on going camping even though it was freezing and even snowed at night! We were supposed to go hiking with a couple friends the next morning but because of some bumps along the way, were two hours late meeting them. They had gone up thinking we left them and we raced up the steep 9 mile hike to try and catch them. Eventually we caught them, exhausted and numb from the cold. When we reached the summit, I saw my dog, Eden, running towards me. Very confused, I looked further and saw my sister, best friend, and other close friends and family. I still didn’t know what was happening and asked them why they would come here and not tell us! It was not until Jon removed the ring tied around Eden’s neck and got down on one knee, that I realized what was happening. It was the most perfect surprise.

We wanted our wedding day to be fun and relaxed, surrounded by our close friends and family, so what better way to do that then to get away to the beautiful island of St. Thomas! Through all our years together, some of our favorite memories are our vacations together, always to a different place. So this would be no different, we would choose a new destination once again. I knew this would be difficult, so having Janelle as our wedding planner was the peace of mind I would need throughout the planning to make it all happen.

I wish I could say I had a specific vision when planning my wedding, in fact I think my vision changed several times throughout the course. I would read wedding blogs all day and every time I saw a beautiful wedding I changed my mind again. I would worry and worry and second guess myself after every decision. One thing I knew was that I wanted my wedding to look like a dream. Of course, a very hard vision to explain to anyone but myself. When we found Clary, I knew that she would make this come true through her gorgeous photographs that always make me feel like I’m floating on a cloud. The Sand Dollar Estate was an amazing venue to make this dream come true, perfectly situated on the most beautiful Magens Bay Beach. We knew right away this was where we wanted our wedding to be. The view would be incredible from the ceremony on the private beach to the reception on the pool deck. A lot of the design was thanks to my amazing sister who had the patience to sift through my many, many ideas and create my invitations, signs, menus, and name cards. My husband’s passion is food, so we were so grateful to have Ched who went above and beyond to create a menu that we loved.

Now, one thing about me is that I wouldn’t take no for an answer when it came to achieving what I wanted (once I figured out what that was) and no matter how difficult it seemed to pull off, it just had to be. We found WoW Events to set up the lighting for us, which no one had ever done before at that venue. I bought the chandelier myself and shipped it down there. I rented the linens from home and lugged the 80 pounds of linens over there with me! Or, my husband did at least. That is one thing about him, is that he always just wants to make me happy. So no matter what hurdles seemed to stand in our way whether it be flight delays or storms before the wedding day, I knew that it would be perfect in the end because I have him to stand by me.

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Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Wedding Coordination: Janelle Scott | Ceremony + Reception: Sand Dollar Estate | Cake: Cynthia Portillo | Catering: Ched Sharpless  | Cinematography: Andrew Orleans | Signs: The Primitive Barn | Wedding Dress: Watters | Veil: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaids Dresses: Lela Rose

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St. John Wedding from Pat Furey Photography

A weeklong celebration of love in St. John? That sounds pretty darn dreamy to me. And thanks to Pat Furey Photography, it looks pretty darn dreamy too. Gorgeous actually. With its subtle yet stylish vibe and stunning vistas, it will be hard to deny the prettiness in this post. And really, why would you ever want to? See all the pretty here.

From Pat Furey PhotographyJess and Dave’s wedding was a weeklong celebration on the small island of St John located in the US Virgin Islands. They got married and celebrated at Villa Kalorama; they rented the private mid-century modern villa for week to spend amongst family and friends. For portraits we headed to what Conde Nast Traveler named as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, Trunk Bay. I think it more than lived up to it’s reputation. We found a cool private beach with a cove and tons of rocks for portraits.

From the Bride…Our destination wedding began as the perfect compromise between eloping and having a traditional soiree, but ended up being more than we could have ever imagined.

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Photography: Pat Furey Photography | Floral + Event Design: DIY by bride and mother-of-bride | Event Planning: Laurie Crandall | Ceremony + Reception Location: Villa Kalorama | Invitations: Powerhouse Paper  | Catering: Local & Tasty | Program Fans: DIY by Bride | Cupcakes: Island Sweet Stuff | Table Runners: DIY Bride & Mother-of-Groom| Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Grooms Suit: J.Crew

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St. John USVI Engagement Session from Rebekah Westover Photography

I kind of have an obsession with this bride and groom.  I’m just going to put that out there from the get-go.  Because, not only did they completely rock my world with their fabulous St. John USVI wedding, they’ve captured my heart in a BIG way with their equally as amazing e-session snapped up by Rebekah Westover Photography.  One uber-lovely moment after another, it’s sandy beaches meets crystal blue waters meets some seriously stylish ensembles – and I’m loving every minute.  Join me in the gallery for sooo much more.

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From the Bride… There is a saying, “If you are lucky enough to be at the beach, you’re lucky enough!” And I couldn’t agree more! St. John USVI was not only the setting for our wedding day but was also the backdrop for our engagement photos. The ever so talented Rebekah Westover captured yet again another special day for us in a location that is dear in our hearts. You know you have an AWESOME photographer when she voluntarily jumps in a small old dingy just to capture the perfect shot! We will always look at these photos and not only remember this day but the friendships created by chance. For me being a personal style blogger, the outfits were harder to decide on than the great guy I was lucky enough to marry! In the end I think It was a win-win. 

Photography: Rebekah Westover Photography / Locations: Cruz Bay Town Center + Leinster Bay, Both in St. John, US Virgin Islands / Boat Rental: Charter Yacht Cimarron