Destination I Do
Friday, September 23, 2011

Destination Wedding Jamaica: A Heartfelt Rockhouse Wedding

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Steve Koo Photography

Doug and Amie are a laid back couple who love to travel. So when it came time to pick where they would get married, Jamaica was an easy decision! “We researched venues online and came across the Rockhouse which looked like an amazing hotel,” says Amie. “We liked the fact that it was a small, 34 room, eco-friendly boutique hotel. We basically had the hotel to ourselves!”

The planning process for Doug and Amie was relatively easy thanks to the Rockhouse’s on-site wedding planner, Inise Lawrence. The hotel was able to recommend reliable vendors and come w-day things went off without a hitch.

“Try to pick a venue that has a lot of experience with weddings, whether you want to get married in a large all0inclusive or a small boutique hotel,” says Amie. “The staff at the Rockhouse pulled off our wedding seamlessly because they do it all the time, but they never made us feel rushed or unimportant.”

Thanks to a website the couple created with a bevy of helpful information, all their guests arrived in Negril safe, sound and ready to party! Also, Amie and Doug made an effort to check in with older guests throughout the planning process in case they were uncomfortable with navigating the website. Their guests arrived to find welcome gift baskets filled with gum, local rum cakes, playing cards and sunscreen.

Besides Amie’s brother’s passport not arriving until the day before he was supposed to leave, this destination wedding was Amie and Doug’s dream come true. The couple has some last words of advice for other couples. “Don’t think you are limited to local vendors for everything. One thing that was really important for us was to have unique, fun and modern pictures. We were fortunate to find a fantastic photographer in Chicago with stunning work who was willing to travel.”

Photography: Steve Koo Photography
Wedding Venue: The Rockhouse Hotel
Wedding Planner: Inise Lawrence
Florist: Floral Fantasies
Stationary: Lindsay Letters & Baumbirdy
Wedding Gown Designer: Lazaro
Groom’s Clothing Designer: Theory
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing: Nicole Miller/J. Crew

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