A Romantic Wedding in the BahamasWords by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of Alfred Anderson Photography
For Michele and Edward, their destination wedding to Exuma, Bahamas was like coming home. The couple had visited the Bahamas every year for vacation, so it only made sense to bring their guests to paradise.
Family and friends were thrilled with the idea and embarked on the journey from New Jersey to enjoy a wedding vacation filled with snorkeling, swimming with pigs and stingrays and enjoying the beauty of the Bahamas.
While on vacation to scout locations, Michele and Edward immediately enlisted the help of Marva Munroe of Chic Bahamas Weddings & Events to plan their event. “I contacted the wonderful Marva Munroe who recommended and arranged a pre-wedding visit to The Grand Isle Resort,” recalls Michele. “The grounds and villas are impeccable and beyond beautiful. Not to mention the amazing staff working there! Everyone was so welcoming and accommodating, it was a no brainer for us! We fell in love with Exuma and wanted to share all its beauty with our family and friends.”
When it came to planning from afar, the couple relied on their wedding planner and it paid off in spades. “To say we were lucky to have found Marva Munroe from Chic Bahamas Weddings would be an understatement. When we decided on Exuma, we quickly realized planning our wedding so far away wasn’t going to be an easy task,” says Michele. “We had so many ideas but didn’t know where to start, we were lost. That’s when we contacted Marva and I am so happy we did! After our first phone conversation, she put my mind at ease and everything fell perfectly into place. Marva was unbelievably positive, supportive, patient and professional throughout our entire wedding planning process.”
Each guest received a fun DIY welcome bag. Canvas tote bags were filled with fun and useful items such as a hangover kit, beach towels, toiletries, snacks and flip-flops. They also included a welcome note and weekend itinerary for their guests.
The couple’s wedding weekend went off without a hitch thanks to Chic Bahamas Weddings. “Marva stopped at nothing to make sure my husband and I had the most incredible day of our lives! I couldn’t have planned my destination wedding without her,” says Michele.
When it comes to advice for other couples, Michele had this to say: “Have trust in your planner and know that your day is going to be perfect. At the end of the day, it is about you and your significant other. Nothing else matters.”
Vendors: Photographer: Alfred Anderson,Wedding Planner: Marva Munroe from Chic Bahamas Weddings & Events, Ceremony/Reception Site: Emerald Beach at the Grand Isle Resort, Flowers: RAH Designs and Anna Floral Design, Invitations: Durante New York, Hair and Makeup: Callidora Bahamas, Linens: Contempo Linen & Event Rentals, Cake: Lysann Delancey, Gown Designer: Pronovias, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Tommy Hilfiger
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