A Caribbean Destination WeddingWords by Natalie Long
Photos courtesy of Aaron and Jillian Photography
Love filled the sea-breezed salty air of Jennifer and Justin’s beachfront ceremony along the coast of St. Martin.
“We love to travel and wanted to create a fun, relaxing and beautiful wedding vacation for our friends and family,” says Jennifer. “We also thought it would be more enjoyable and less stress for us with planning, as well as really having time to celebrate our love with some of the special people in our lives.
The couple didn’t have a problem getting their family onboard with the idea of a destination wedding. “Everyone was super supportive and made the decision even easier,” says the bride.
“I mentioned to Justin [about] St Martin,” says Jennifer. “He said St. Martin would be perfect because he and his mom stopped there on the first Christmas cruise they took together after his father suddenly passed away, so that sealed the deal for us – it was meant to be in St. Martin. We never even entertained another destination and searched for villas and found Mes Amis within a week of deciding on the destination.”
The cool breeze of the ocean and palm trees quietly swayed in the background during the couple’s beachfront ceremony. “…it was all smooth sailing, mainly because of such a fun, loving group – they made it easy and stress free,” says Jennifer. “We were able to provide more for the guests who did attend, [giving them the chance to] take a vacation to a beautiful island in an amazing villa and really detach from the everyday responsibilities at home.”
The wedding was flawless and it was truly everything the couple imagined for their special day. “I can’t say it enough how perfect the entire experience was,” says the bride. “Granted we stayed in paradise, had the most amazing people by our sides that were flexible and fun and [the wedding] definitely was the most perfect, wonderful week of a lifetime.”
Vendors: Photographer: Aaron and Jillian Photography, Wedding Planner: Emma with Fabulous Feasts, Ceremony/Reception Site: Mes Amis – St. Martin, Florist: Beatrice from Las Case Abaka, Stationery: Presentco on Etsy, Cake: Metiss Pastry, Hair & Makeup: Done by the bride’s friend, Gown Designer: Vera Wang, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Jos A Banks.
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