Romantic St.Lucia Real WeddingWords by Lauren Ertl
Photos courtesy of MLE Pictures
How They Met
While attending graduate school in upstate New York, Emily made a trip down to Philadelphia to meet with Alex, who she’d gotten to know through a couple of friends. The rest as the couple says “is history.”
The Planning Process
Envisioning their ideal wedding day, Emily and Alex pictured beachfront “I do’s” and tropical temperatures. As one of top honeymoon destinations in the world, the couple knew St. Lucia would certainly be a romantic setting.
“We wanted something a bit different and St. Lucia offers beautiful sandy beaches, tropical greenery, the pitons and much more!” the couple says.
One thing stood in the way of their plans, and you can probably guess what that turned out to be: COVID-19. If they were going to make the wedding of their dreams go off without a hitch, Alex and Emily would need an experienced professional on their team.
“Our amazing wedding planner, Michele with Awesome Caribbean Weddings, was our lifesaver,” Emily says. “She helped us navigate all of our decisions, including some tricky restrictions with COVID protocols. We wouldn’t have been able to plan such an amazing wedding without her help. We had absolutely no stress!”
At the time, St. Lucia restricted travel on the island. This included going to town, uncertified excursions and having outside vendors enter your resort.
“So, we had the wedding entirely off-resort to allow vendors to attend,” the couple explains. “We booked excursions and vendors through our wedding planner who helped us with booking only certified and approved companies. “
Luckily, almost all of Emily and Alex’s guests had direct flights from New York to St.Lucia. Once everyone arrived, the group was shuttled two hours away to the hotel. There, guests were met with custom-made welcome bags including personalized tumblers, koozies and tote bags courtesy of the couple. (Thanks to their Cricut machine!) And, because they went for a smaller guest count (eleven to be exact) the couple could fund a welcome catamaran cruise and dinner to kick off the party!
Emily and Alex also used more of the budget splurge on their dream flowers and have an upscale dinner at Rock Maison (a 14-seat restaurant). And finally, thanks to Michele’s help, the whole group got to enjoy a full-day post-wedding excursion.
“By having a destination wedding, we were able to leave almost everything to our planner, have an intimate week with our families, and not worry about not having a down payment for our house,” the couple says. “We have no regrets about having a small, intimate destination wedding!”
Advice From The Couple
"Brides who are flying: purchase a garment bag and bring your dress as your carry-on," Emily says. "I placed my dress, shoes, jewelry, groom’s outfit, groom’s shoes and matron of honor’s dress in the bag easily with room to spare! That way, if the luggage is lost, all of the wedding day essentials still make it to your destination. Also, try to get a make-up trial before the day of the wedding. It was so helpful for my make-up artist to learn what worked on my skin type and what didn’t work.”
Vendors: Photographer: MLE Pictures; Wedding Planner: Michele Ince of Awesome Caribbean Weddings; Ceremony Location: Pigeon Island; Reception Venue/Cake: Cap Maison Resort; Florist: Box Wraps & Flowers; Stationery: Minted; Hair: Aurelia; Makeup Artist: Hannah Wagstaff; Gown Designer: Martin Thornburg; Men’s Attire: State and Liberty; Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your MuMu; Violinist: Yannick James
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