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FUSTIC HOUSE Inspirations for a Villa Wedding

Real Weddings ISSUE 5 | Summer 2015

Gowns Mark Ingram Atelier Jazz Applewhite Designs


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CONTENTS WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE 10 Meet The Team 12 Our Contributors 14 Behind The Scenes

Getting Married In Barbados

28 Applying for a marriage license, and getting

married in a house of worship

What’s New

20 Jubilee Events Caribbean 22 Lancaster Great House 24 Red Door Lounge

Meet The Couple

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26 Alison & Ian Rogers

share their fairytail wedding story

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Villa Inspirations

32 Fustic House by Robert Carter

Style

50 David Ingram Atelier

Top Gowns for Summer 62 Jazz Applewhite Creations 80 MAC Costmetics - Get the Look 82 Lifestyle Wear by Always Summer

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Vendors

45 David Collins - Guitar 70 Wedding Cakes

76 Hair’s How it’s Done - Donna Smith 110 Vendor

Listings

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Deborah & Brian Lorraine & Steven Jennifer & Alan Laura & Matt

Bridal Party Experiences 106 On Tour

with Loop Barbados

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HELLO! FROM THE TEAM

Malissa Blackman

Sandra Bosher

Carol-Ann Gollop

MANAGING DIRECTOR

MANAGING EDITOR & ADVERTISING

MAGAZINE LAYOUT & DESIGN

Issue 5 is here! I am so excited for you to read through these pages and see what my team and our contributors came up with!

This issue has been so much fun to work on! The location shoot at one of my favourite villas on the island, Fustic House, was a dream come true. Everyone was just wonderful to work with, especially the butler at Fustic, Fabian Harris, who made everything so easy for us! It was a long, but exciting day and to see the images in the magazine is so satisfying.

The best part about creating this issue for me was getting to enjoy what happens when a collaboration takes place between Barbados’ top wedding designer (Robert Carter), renowned photographer (Risée Chaderton) and a team of the best beauty stylists in the Caribbean. Pure wedding splendor!

So excited to have new faces and old friends, like photographer Risee Chaderton and hair stylist Donna Smith, as part of this production. It really means the world to me. Having Blue Sky Luxury play a huge part of this publication is a real honor and the villa they featured and allowed us to use, Fustic House, is pure elegance for your special day. Fustic House can be transformed into something magical and having local event designer, Robert Carter show you how to achieve this, was truly spectacular. Our fashion content has grown, and I welcome local designer, Jazz Applewhite and international wedding gown expert, Mark Ingram Atelier in New York City, to share their favorite designs with you. They are breathtaking! So please, enjoy and have fun reading Issue 5! The BrideLIFE team and I sure had a blast putting it together for you to be inspired for your special day.

Loved being able to feature the work of local bridal designer Jazz Applewhite, whose intricate creations include dresses and hair accessories that are handmade and so unique!! Robert Carter was so much fun to work with and just blew us away with his designs transforming an already stunning villa into something ethereal and otherworldly. Amazing! Risee Chaderton is -quite simply - the bomb. Can’t say enough about her talent and editorial photography!

I’ve also learnt a few things over the last few months: Fustic House is a dream villa to be fully explored; Jazz Applewhite is an undiscovered gem of a gown designer, whose work NEEDS to be seen; and the Barbadian wedding industry continues to evolve and blossom at a glorious rate! Keep turning the pages, and you’ll see what I mean!

All in all, it’s always a journey to get to the end of each issue and one that is constantly pushing us to take it a step above. To everyone who contributed to making this issue so incredible, thank you from the entire brideLIFE team. To our readers - enjoy!

The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the writers, and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of brideLIFE Magazine or any of its staff, contributors or advertisers. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any way, form or media, without the written permission of brideLIFE Magazine management. 10

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MAKING OF THE ISSUE Our Contributors

MODEL Deandra Frederick

MODEL Jacqueline Agustin

COVER MODEL Angela Cao LOCATION Fustic House, Barbados PHOTOGRAPHER Risee Chaderton, Eye One Visuals INSPIRATION DESIGNER Robert Carter, Petals in Paradise WEDDING GOWN Jazz Applewhite Bridal Designs HAIR STYLISTS Angela Sealy & Donna Sealy MAKEUP ARTIST Sherryann Moore, Makeup by SAM

Risee Chaderton PHOTOGRAPHER

DECOR & DESIGN

Robert Carter

Jazz Applewhite

Donna Sealy

Angela Sealy

Sherryann Moore

Melanie & Kimberly

Nicola Wilson

HAIR STYLIST

MAKEUP ARTIST

BRIDAL DESIGNS

LOOP BARBADOS

HAIR STYLIST

WRITER


BEHIND THE SCENES Outtakes from Fustic House

“ wh at girl doe sn’ t l ike to pl ay dre s s -u p!”

“ truly the best beaut y tea m an y girl could e ver wan t! ”

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PHOTOS BY GINA

Saying “I Do” in a House of Worship Church Wedding

The couple needs a written confirmation from their priest that they are both practicing Christians and have participated in pre-marital counselling.

Roman Catholic Church

Parties must be interviewed by their Parish Priest in the home Diocese of the Catholic party. It is he who will undertake the necessary investigations, obtain a dispensation if required and provide information about participation in a pre-marriage preparation programme. Your Parish Priest will then forward the relevant papers to his Diocesan Chancery. The chancery should then send them well in advance, to the Diocesan office in Barbados. The Sacrament of Marriage may not be performed on Holy Saturday.

Nidhe Israel Jewish Synagogue

There is no Rabbi in Barbados and non-Jews are not allowed to use the Synagogue. Those who would like to get married in the Synagogue must bring their own Rabbi. There is a rental fee of US$1,500.

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Applying for your marriage license

Getting married in Barbados is easier than you might think! There is no waiting period or minimum length of stay, and any of the local wedding planners featured in brideLIFE can advise you and help you with arranging all the details. Here are some housekeeping things for you to need for the application process:

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Application for a marriage license must be made by both parties in person, at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Bridgetown.

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Valid Passports or the original or certified copies of the applicants’ birth certificates are needed. If either party was married previously and widowed, a certified copy of the marriage certificate and death certificate in respect of the deceased spouse. If either party was divorced, an original decree absolute or a certified copy of Final Judgment not decree Nisi. If either party was previously married and widowed, a Certified copy of the Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate in respect of the deceased spouse. Where necessary, all documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. A marriage may be solemnized immediately after the issue of the licence.

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A letter from your marriage officer stating the date and time of the wedding.

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$25 BDS stamp fee for overseas couples and $10 BDS for Barbadian Citizens.

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$200 BDS for Marriage License for overseas couple or $45 BDS for Barbadian Citizens.


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ne of things I love most about getting married in Barbados is the versatility the island offers to cater to any style of wedding. Destination weddings are often thought to be small affairs, seaside, with palm trees swaying and the sweet sound of steel pan drums carried by the salty Caribbean air. And while this holds true here in Barbados, we also have a wealth of other options for couples looking to host a unique weekend for their closest family and friends. Here are some of my favorite “types” of weddings that Barbados can inspire—a list that is by no means, complete!

Modern We have a lot of unique modern

spaces here, like Cin Cin Restaurant or one of our modern villas. These spaces evoke that clean, modern and minimalist feeling. Nothing beats elegant simplicity paired with ocean views and exceptional service.

Historic Barbados has dozens of historic PHOTO BY Carla Ten Eyck

Bring on the Jubilee

CANDICE COPPOLA BRINGS BIG CITY STYLE TO THE ISLANDS Jubilee Events Caribbean might be a new name in Barbados, but the tour de force that is Candice Coppola, the owner and creative mind behind Jubilee Events, has crafted a reputation for exquisitely executed, artful and sophisticated weddings and events in New York and as far afield as Spain.

made the big step to relocate to Barbados and bring her expertise to luxury weddings and events here, infusing bigcity style with an island vibe.

Candice has two main objectives for any wedding or event: to give clients an unforgettable experience during the planning process Hailed as one of the Top 50 and to create beautiful, Event Planners & Designers innovative events that her in the US by Bridal Guide clients and their guests will Magazine, Fox News & The Daily never forget. “I take a different Meal, Candice’s work has been approach.....one that reflects featured in The New York Times, the clients inspiration as well Glamour Magazine, BRIDES, The as my influence and personal Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings style to elevate an event to and ELLE Magazine to name a the next level,” she explains. few. Candice also stresses that it is important that clients “enjoy Having fallen in love with the process, and have a great Barbados on her first visit – and time working with us.” subsequently falling in love with her Bajan fiancée – Candice 20

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plantation homes across the island on expansive properties with blooming gardens, tall palm trees (and when I say tall, I mean REALLY tall!), shuttered windows and big wrap around porches. The legacy of Barbados as a British colony has left some of the most gorgeous fusions of architecture and history!

Beach

It goes without saying that Barbados has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world; a color of turquoise so exquisite, you’ll take 50 pictures with your iPhone (which never seems to do it justice). All our beaches are public here, but that doesn’t mean that there is the same amount of people on them as grains of sand. We have dozens of secluded beaches, nestled in unique areas, with sweeping views of the ocean and rocky cliffs. They’re perfect for anything from a barefoot wedding to an elegant dinner for 20 under the stars.

Rustic Just about anywhere you go

inland has fields of sugar cane as far as the eye can see. There are a lot of unique venues in and around these areas that can inspire a more rustic, “farm-to-table” setting. While the weather here during some months can be unpredictable, we’re lucky to have a wide range of tents to keep your guests comfortable from the elements.

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WHAT’S NEW

Lancaster Great House JOHN & RAIN CHANDLER

Former hotelier, well-known raconteur, author and floral designer, John Chandler and his wife Rain (formerly of Fisherpond House) recently moved to Lancaster Great House in St James, transforming this historic Barbadian plantation residence into the new home for their renowned Sunday Planters Buffet Lunch and as a location for private functions and parties. Opening the doors in late December last year, Lancaster sits on over two acres of land, with mature mahogany and fruit trees and beautiful gardens; full of colonial charm and an extensive collection of whimsical and eclectic antiques, objets d’art and paintings amassed by the Chandlers over many years. This lovely home will take you back in time to an era of elegance and sophistication, and is a fabulous location for small and intimate weddings. Tables are set in amongst the lush gardens, while the main house and a large covered patio with a bar and grand piano provide plenty of space for guests to mingle; the property itself is the perfect backdrop to create memorable wedding photos! The always entertaining John is known for regaling guests throughout with his stories and facts about Barbados – many of them gleaned from his years as a hotelier, which have been documented in his recently published book, “Hotel Barbados - My Life of Discretion at the Ocean View”. John also offers private tours of the house and property. Truly a unique experience from a bygone era! To find out more about Lancaster Great House, visit them on Facebook/lancastergreathouse.

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Red Door Lounge 2ND STREET, HOLETOWN, ST. JAMES

The most recent addition to the nightlife scene in Barbados, Red Door Lounge is taking it up a notch, creating a cosmopolitan environment with a world-class bar and some of the best cocktails in the region! Music and entertainment are always a vital component for an incredible night out, and Red Door Lounge doesn’t disappoint; not only do they host some of Barbados’ top DJs and musicians for special nights – they play the latest hits, the best of the classics and great mixes through one of the best sound systems on the island. On top of that, they provide VIP services to guests who want to have a customised experience. The décor is cosy and filled with leather seating, comfortable couches and industrial metal wall panels with warm wood and subtle lighting that give it a chic and modern edge – one feels as though they could be in a hideaway in New York City, rather than Barbados! Discreetly located next door to the Mango Bay Hotel in Second Street, Holetown, proprietor Dominic Seale is determined to raise the bar where entertainment in Barbados is concerned. Having seen the concept of a hideaway bar in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, he felt that this was something that would work in Barbados; seeing an opportunity for a social experience in a high end, luxury setting, he wants patrons at Red Door Lounge “to feel at home – it’s a place to go and socialise, relax and have some drinks. We really wanted to create a space that was classy but not intimidating.” It’s certainly not your average night out, but it’s fast becoming the place to be and be seen on the west coast!

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MEET A COUPLE Alison & Ian Rogers

ALISON & IAN How did you two meet each other? ALISON: It’s a bit of a crazy story! We met 22 years ago when we were 9 years old. My mum had decided to change mine and my sisters’ primary school. I remember turning up at the school gates, I was so nervous, all these new faces just staring at me, but I must say I looked over and thought what’s the milky bar kid doing here? And I wonder if he has free chocolate, not knowing that I was looking at my future husband……it’s unreal. IAN: Yes, it’s crazy I did look like the milky bar kid! ha ha! I remember the first time I saw Ali we were told by our teacher to make her feel welcome and include her - to be honest once I saw her, I was more than happy to. I have to say for me there was an instant attraction. ALISON: I’ve not heard that before…..aww, very sweet! So I joined that class, and Ian and I became classmates until we both left school and went our separate ways.

Tell us about the engagement. IAN: I’d been thinking about it for weeks, but just couldn’t find the right time or place - so I decided to conspire with Ali’s mum and dad. Knowing Ali like I do, I knew she’d be happy as long as it was simple and honest. So the day I decided to ask her, I told my parents what I was about to do and left the house all suited and booted, with the ring, champagne and flowers ready. As I get to Ali’s parents and ring the doorbell, it seemed like forever before she

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came out looking at me all confused. So I then grab my moment, get down on one knee right there and say “what are you doing for the rest of your life? Because I want to spend mine with you. Will you marry me?” ALISON: I was so shocked. IAN: So I’m waiting, thinking please say yes, please say yes - then finally she says yes amongst the crying and laughter. It was lovely. ALISON: It was perfect. My mum came rushing out, we were both laughing and crying all at the same time in the street. My dad was smiling from ear to ear and hugging Ian. With all the commotion we were making all the neighbours start appearing, clapping and cheering! It was a real celebration. We ended up going from house to house down our street. I mean most of the neighbours have known me my whole life. We were soooooo tipsy by the end of the day we crashed and opened the bottle of champagne Ian brought with him the next day. It was lovely.


I rem em b er the fi rs t ti m e I sa w Al i we w ere to l d b y o ur tea c her t o m a k e her feel w el c o m e a nd i nc l ud e her - to be ho nes t o nc e I s a w her, I wa s m or e tha n ha p p y to. I ha v e to sa y for m e there w a s a n i ns ta nt a ttra cti on.

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What made you decide to have a destination wedding? ALISON: We wanted pure luxury, glamour, elegance and an experience for all our loved ones, with it feeling effortless and to surprise them along the way. Quite difficult to achieve, but we both knew Barbados was the place for us. There was no question.

Why did you choose Barbados as your destination? IAN: Ali’s grandparents are both from Barbados - her grandfather was a famous boxer here [the UK] in the 50’s called Kid Ralph, so she had that connection. Plus her mum and dad got married here on the island many years ago. So I know it’s special to her. ALISON: Yes very special! I took Ian to Barbados for the first time on his 30th birthday, and actually to The Cliff Restaurant (where their wedding was held) - from then I knew he had also fallen in love with the island. So for us Barbados was the dream destination and wedding.

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team were formidable - I cannot sing her praises enough. She knew the best people in the business, from the florist (Simply Flowers), photographer (Steve Cumberbatch) to the videographer (Damion Hallet) and everything else in between, any ideas we had Malissa could source the details and make it happen. It was truly an incredible experience for the both of us.

What were your challenges in planning your wedding so far from home? ALISON: Sometimes it can be difficult to know what you want, because looking at magazines and TV shows (which I did) can only tell you so much. The hardest thing was letting go of some of the control, because unless you’re on the island, you can’t do a wine and food tasting session or cake tasting - but you have to trust the professionals know what they are doing, and for us it truly exceeded our expectations in every way. They blew our minds. IAN: Yes - that’s one thing the guests keep talking about how outstanding the food, venue and the overall day was. Like Ali says, truly exceptional.

Did you hire a wedding planner, and how did you find your wedding vendors?

Looking at the stunning photographs from your day, how did you come up with your wedding theme and design?

ALISON: We hired Weddings by Malissa to make our dream wedding come alive. Fortunately, Malissa and her

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MEET A COUPLE Alison & Ian Rogers

I took Ia n to Ba r bad o s fo r the first ti m e on hi s 3 0 th birthd ay.....fro m then I k new he ha d also fallen in lo ve wi th the i sl a nd. So fo r us Barb ad o s wa s the dr ea m des tinatio n and weddi ng.

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MEET A COUPLE Alison & Ian Rogers

passed away from cancer 17 years ago - Ian and I decided to get married on what would have been her 26th birthday. IAN: Every year this is always a difficult time for Ali and me, having also known her sister Nermin from school. We both spoke to the family and knew there was no better date to celebrate with her so this was important to us. ALISON: The theme was elegance - we wanted light, airy and sumptuous. The flowers were all white: hydrangeas and babies breath; the setting on the beautiful sandy beach with the blue waters in the cove below the cliffs we knew would be breathtaking - and we were right! In homage to my sister (who we called little butterfly), we included a delicate feathered butterfly design on the place settings for each person - simple but effective. The atmosphere was alive with sounds of her favorite artist Mariah Carey bellowing onto the beach singing ”spread your wings and prepare to fly, for you have become a butterfly”………..

Your wedding was at The Cliff Restaurant, what was it like to get married at this renowned venue? IAN: Honestly – it was a dream come true for us both. If you have never been it’s a MUST on the island, the food, service and atmosphere is unbelievable. Every time we go to Barbados, an evening is always set aside to visit The Cliff. ALISON: I agree. You can’t beat it, it’s a must.

From your wedding day, what is the moment that would last with you both forever? IAN: For me it’s got to be when I first saw Ali and she walked down the steps and came towards me. She took my breath away. ALISON: Yes - for me too, the moment I saw Ian I couldn’t stop smiling. That feeling is a unique one.

From the sounds of it, your wedding weekend was a party the whole time with lots of activities. Can you share what you and Ian did with your guests? ALISON: We wanted to blow their minds! Ian’s family had never been to the Caribbean before, and some of our friends the same – so we wanted a week of celebrations that they’d never forget. We started with us all arriving on the same day - some on the same flight. Some of the guests didn’t know each other, so we planned a night out at Harbour Lights the night after the arrival to get

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everyone acquainted. It was the best thing we did! There were fire eaters, calypso dancers, stilt walkers, fire limbo dancers, a band and live singer, steel pans, rum punch and Caribbean food. We all danced the night away! It just set the tone from the start that this was going to be like no other wedding they’d ever been to. IAN: I’ve never seen my mum and dad dance so much, like that night at Harbour Lights. Ali’s idea was to give them an experience as a wedding favour gift, so on the day of the wedding, we presented them with a private cruise which was going to take place a couple of days later. We set sail in the Caribbean waters where they snorkeled with turtles, dived to see the shipwrecks and enjoyed the sun, sea, drinks, dancing and food all day long. To be honest no one wanted to leave, we knew everything had come together beautifully.

For brides planning a destination wedding in Barbados what advice would you give them, after experiencing this process your self? ALISON: My advice would be to go with the best wedding planner on the island, because that will give you peace of mind – for me Malissa was exceptional at her job. Give yourself a reasonable amount of time so you don’t feel rushed; 12 months in advance is perfect. Have everything on the day that you and your fiancé want - whatever it is - because it is fundamentally about you and your experiences. Finally have it filmed, and allow yourself to enjoy every moment of your special day because when you sit down and watch the video back at home for the first time you will relive it all over again! It’s truly magical.


P RO FESSI O N AL D ETAILS VENUE

The Cliff Restaurant

WEDDING PLANNER & DESIGNER Weddings By Malissa

PHOTOGRAPHER

Magical Moments Photography

FLOWERS

Simply Flowers

WEDDING CAKE

Sinnfully Sweet Creations

HAIR STYLIST Donna Smith

MAKEUP ARTIST Janine Cooper

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Referred to as ‘heaven on earth’ and lauded as one of the finest examples of a historical villa estate in Barbados, idyllic Fustic House is one of British theatrical designer Oliver Messel’s most celebrated transformations in the Caribbean. Described as “something out of a dream... one of those rare places, which once seen, is never forgotten” by Country Life’s Jeremy Musson, the unique setting and expansive parkland grounds lend themselves well to privacy. Trademark touches include slender greek columns, arches and the quintessential ‘Messel Green’ painted finishes; covered verandahs and balconies provide shade during the day. Opulence and fantasy blend together at Fustic to provide a phenomenal canvas for a wedding decorator to create breathtaking designs; in our opinion, Fustic House is one of the most magical and memorable wedding venues on the island.

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The amazingly talented floral designer, Robert Carter of Petals in Paradise, took on the challenge of transforming the courtyard at Fustic into a mesmerizing and simply stunning design for a wedding reception, full of whimsical touches: twinkling crystal, feathered birds, organza chair covers and over-the-top floral displays for the table design follow a silver and pastel palette with a pop or two of pink; tall floor lanterns and hanging glass balls with tiny lights wound into the vines create a beautifully romantic ambiance as the sun sets. Whites and pinks abound, juxtaposing with the verdant, lush green plants that encompass the main house yet blend in seamlessly with the natural surroundings as if they had always been there. Fustic House is simply perfection in paradise, and definitely brideLIFE approved!

“Creativity defines who I am.....it’s about creating that necessary wow factor for every client in a way that speaks to who they are and what they want for that special event.”

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Well-known for his over-the-top, exquisite and elegant floral designs, Robert Carter and his team at Petals in Paradise have been creating breathtaking and memorable events for clients for over 15 years. With each project, his goal is to ensure that he and his team bring that added flair, sophistication and creativity to every event, to meet each client’s unique desires, whether the budget is unrestrained, modest or economical. As the Artistic Floral Designer for Barbados’ luxurious Five Diamond resort, the Sandy Lane Hotel, Robert’s large exotic floral displays can be seen throughout the property and have been appreciated by various celebrities and renowned guests as they either vacationed or attended functions.

Through the years, Robert has been fortunate to collaborate and work with several top international designers, event planners and florists including Preston Bailey, Colin Cowie and David Beahm – allowing him to raise the bar on local floral arranging and designs, taking them to a new level of stunning beauty. Not only does Robert service some of the top hotels in Barbados – he also provides floral arrangements for corporate functions, private yachts and cruise liners.

“The aim is to produce unforgettable experiences, done with integrity, creativity, professionalism & finesse and to leave each client with a sense of total satisfaction and achievement.” www.petalsinparadise.com

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he epitome of grace and elegance, Fustic House is imbued with the unique theatrical imprint of Oliver Messel, who originally transformed this 18th century plantation house into a stunning 11 acre estate high on a cliffside overlooking the ocean on the northernmost part of Barbados’ famed west coast. Driving through the St Lucy countryside and arriving at the green gates, one begins the journey that transports you into a private haven - a magical, special villa that truly encompasses the surrounding gardens. Trees (many of which are Fustic trees, from which the property derives it’s name), lush tropical plants, ponds and water features abound, creating a feeling of openness where the indoor and outdoor spaces flow seamlessly together, creating a comfortable yet luxurious environment. An ideal villa for those who value privacy with world-class service. Oliver Messel – a British artist and one of the most eminent stage designers of his era – was well known in Barbados and Mustique during the late 60’s for designing fabulous homes to suit his high end clientele: from rock stars to royalty, old money and new, he was responsible for adding his signature style to many of the luxurious villas on the west coast; it is said that Fustic House was one of his favourites. The main house reflects this sophisticated style of Caribbean living that we all dream about – cool coralstone walls, flowering vines and simple colour schemes are complimented with modern facilities and amenities that bring this gorgeous estate firmly into the 21st century. Fustic House was built around a large courtyard overlooking the ravine below and the Caribbean sea beyond; the sunsets alone are worth every penny! The estate itself consists of four separate buildings and sleeps up to 14 in 7 opulent bedroom suites: The Messel Wing (on the north side of the Main House) was added in the early 1970’s, with two bedrooms, a covered living area and a lovely patio that overlooks the ocean; the guest house (located a few steps away from the main house) has a further two bedroom suites, a games room/gym and large outdoor showers; entirely wrapped by wide verandas the rooms open onto a central courtyard area with views out into the beautifully landscaped gardens. More recently, the addition of The Pavilion at the bottom of the ravine has added another dimension to this property – while it has a single BRI DELI FE WEDDI N GS I N B ARBADOS | IS S U E 5

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bedroom suite it also has a kitchenette, a huge reception room featuring a high-tech home cinema and top-of-the-line sounds system. Close to each other, but spaced far enough apart to give optimum privacy, Fustic continues to carefully balance modern finishes with old world charm, maintaining an essence of the style and class that this estate has become known for. One of the most stunning features at Fustic House is the lagoon swimming pool – designed by Oliver Messel, it was originally blasted out of the rock face to create an oasis in amongst the verdant gardens; today it is fed by ionised water, making it similar to taking a dip in a natural spring. A large wooden sundeck extends out into the treetops, looking out towards the horizon and a gazebo sits on a ledge above the pool, perfect for yoga practise, a massage or simply as a peaceful spot for meditating. At Fustic, guests can dine in a different location for each meal – lunch in the gardens, dinner under the stars in the courtyard and breakfast in the portico; life slows down to a relaxing pace and it’s left to the guests to explore at their own leisure. For those who want sand and sea, it’s a short walk down to a sandy beach at Little Good Harbour; umbrellas and loungers are provided for guests’ use. It’s the best of both worlds in one expansive villa estate! The property and grounds at Fustic House are impeccably maintained by a crack team headed up by house Manager Tony Troulan; included in the rental are a full staff with butler, chef and housekeepers who offer a five-star service, known for being unobtrusive yet attentive in tending to guests’ every need. As a wedding location, Fustic House is a splendid venue to consider. A minimum booking of one week is required, but this property is more than just a villa – it offers space and privacy for families to share in and be part of the whole destination wedding experience and to create lasting memories during their stay. Factoring in the equivalent cost of a hotel, it really is a comparable option; the pluses include privacy, complimentary laundry, plenty of space and all the up-to-date touches that one expects with a property of this standard; iPod docks, bath robes and L’Occitane products are all provided. Over the years Fustic has played host to many famous guests – from the late Princess Margaret to Oprah Winfrey; it has also been a shoot location for many fashion editorials for magazines such as Vogue and Tatler as well as for designers like Ralph Lauren, not to mention the numerous features in international magazines. Fustic House Private Estate, the ideal getaway for large families or groups, offers the finest in Caribbean island living. Find out more about this stunning villa estate at Blue Sky Luxury – Fustic House.

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Tips for booking Fustic House: >

In order to have your wedding at Fustic House, the property requires the the minimum amount of nights for rental: in summer (April 15 – December 14) it is five nights and in the winter months is seven nights.

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The estate at Fustic House can hold a maximum of 80 guests for a wedding, cocktail party or event in the grounds only.

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Any function held at Fustic House will require the equivalent of one night’s rental as a venue fee.

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The chef and staff at Fustic House can cater for a maximum of 25 guests. Any more than that will require private catering to be arranged through one of their recommended vendors, all of whom have been vetted for high levels of service and quality of product.

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If you want to get married at Fustic House or hold a private event, an approved wedding or event planner is required to be retained; they will be responsible for all décor, lighting, tenting and layout for the event, ensuring that everything is put up and taken down carefully, respecting the wishes of Fustic’s owners.

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ENTERTAINMENT David Collins

Music of the

Heart DAVID COLLINS - GUITARIST

“Music, at its essence, is what give us memories.” Stevie Wonder

Music.

One of the most integral elements for any wedding or event, but one that tends to be overlooked. Music not only sets the tone for the day and creates a subtle ambiance for the bride to walk down the aisle; it entertains guests while they are arriving at the ceremony and waiting for the bride, accompanies the signing of the register and brings a romantic feel to the day. “Music makes the wedding and creates the atmosphere for the event,” explains David Collins, classically trained guitarist and the only musician in Barbados who plays classical and finger-style guitar, providing not only instrumental music but vocals as well. A one-stop shop, David supplies all the sound equipment needed, as well as visiting the venue in advance to find out where he will be setting up and meeting the bride & groom to make sure all details are taken care of. “When playing, it’s important to consider the location – will it be too loud if I am close to the guests? How will the space convey sound to the back of the room? It’s not just about sitting down and playing – there are many angles to take into account.” Taking great pride in his musicianship, he practises often and is dedicated to providing a professional service from the first contact through to the actual event, taking performing at weddings very seriously: “it reminds me of the close link music has with creating memories. I

feel lucky to be able to share these special moments in people’s lives.” Rather than apply a ‘cookie-cutter’ approach to the music choices for a wedding, David likes to consult with the couple to find out more about their taste in music, their favourite artists and special songs that have meaning to them and makes recommendations to the couple. Most weddings have a general format with music playing a part throughout; as guests arrive at the ceremony, the procession down the aisle, the signing of the register, a sand or candle ceremony and the reception. Different pieces are chosen for each, and David can make suggestions for a DJ or a band that suits the couple’s taste if required. While many couples that choose to get married in the Caribbean may want something very ‘island-style’ such as a steelpan band, David explains that a guitar can be quite versatile and adds a level of sophistication: “Entertainment is an integral part of any event; the sound of a guitar is much softer than the harsh tones of steelpan, and can be altered to suit all the different elements during a wedding. It’s also the perfect choice when space is a premium such as churches or more intimate venues.”

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ENTERTAINMENT David Collins

Not sure how to choose music for your wedding?

Here are David’s suggestions and tips to make the process go smoothly:

1. Choose a song that has meaning, or is a song the couple identify with.

2. Choose music that suits the event: lyrics

are important! You may love the song, but the lyrics might be inappropriate.

3. Churches can be very particular: some

priests will ask what songs are being played and want to review the lyrics.

4. Enjoy the process: David shares his advice

about the music for the event and can make recommendations for a DJ and/or band to compliment the event.

5. Have faith in the musician’s experience and

knowledge! Many brides worry that the music won’t suit the event and David can usually find a suitable compromise.

6. Good musicians will be open to customising music to the couple’s requests.

7. Choosing the music is a collaborative

experience! Once initial contact is made, David makes general suggestions and can create a personalised musical selection.

8. Get your music choices organised early: at

least a month in advance if not more, especially for a more intricate piece. David prefers to memorize pieces beforehand.

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Having invested in a mobile sound system that can easily fit into small spaces but still produces a high quality sound, David has a flexible and can-do approach as a recent experience at a wedding held at The Lone Star on the west coast shows: “I was supposed to play on the beach but when I got there it was pouring rain! A last minute decision was made to move everything upstairs to the balcony. Thankfully my equipment is easy to move and it took me no more than 10 minutes to set up; then I was asked to move and play in the actual restaurant!” David explains how his style of musicianship comes into it’s own: “brides really enjoy the cocktail hour, the time after the ceremony and at the early stages of the reception before dinner. This is where my guitar playing works beautifully! As the evening progresses, and the party really starts, then the DJ or band takes over.” One of his favourite moments is after the ceremony or event “when the bride & groom tell you how much they appreciate what you’ve done.”


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BRIDAL STYLE Gowns of Summer

Gowns of

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Bridal fashion maestro Mark Ingram shares his top 10 Gowns for the 2015 Season.

Top retailer for Oscar de la Renta Bridal, Mark Ingram has

mastered the art of finding that one-of–a-kind wedding gown, creating a salon known for attention to detail and a wide selection of gowns from top of the line bridal and special occasion designers. Valued and trusted for his levels of customer service, Mark has built his business with this in mind. “When I was a kid in the 60’s, my grandparents took me shopping at some of the finest stores in Manhattan, along Fifth Avenue. It was all about customer service in those days, and that experience was so ingrained in me growing up, that I felt it would so great to have an atelier in New York City that gave that kind of a personalised way of working with customers, making them feel very, very special, especially for a wedding occasion - the ultimate special occasion for a young woman to have.” Growing up in New York City, Mark developed his love of clothes from his stylish family. A career in fashion led to the opening of Mark Ingram Atelier in 2002, an intimate space mid-town Manhattan whose clientele hail from all over the world, a veritable list of celebrities, fashion industry icons and the who’s who of New York society.

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CAROLINA HERRERA

Th i s gow n br i n g s a s p o rts w ea r l i ke f e e l t o l ace a nd s i l k fa i l l e, w h i ch ar e t r adi ti o na l l y fo r m a l f abr i cat i on s. Th e l a c e i s j us t bar e e n ou gh t o k eep i t s ex y.

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MONIQUE LHUILLIER

I l ove the subtl e spa r k l e o f this gown! Thi s i s the per fec t mo d er n pr i nc ess gown.

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NAEEM KAHN

Thi s N a eem K a hn gown i s a m a zi ng! The per fec t a fter p arty gown to da nc e the ni ght a way!

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CHRISTOS COSTERELLOS

Thi s Chr i stos Coster el l os gown is per fec t for a tr opi c a l l oc a ti on . T he super sheer bodi c e c om bi ned with the sheer tul l e sk i r t i s per fectio n!


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Thi s Anne Ba r ge gown wa s m y fa vor i te c l a ssi c gown f ro m Br i da l M a r k et. Tr a di ti on l a ce and fa br i c a ti on pa i r ed wi th a co rseted bodi c e to m a k e i t m oder n.


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I l o v e the s i g na ture em b roi der y o f thi s b o d i c e p a i red w i th the s o ft tul l e s k i rt. Tul l e s k i rt s a r e us ua l l y v o l um i no us, s o th i s na r r ow s i l ho uette i s fres h a nd new.

Having become somewhat of a bridal fashion guru, Mark has worked with Elegant Bride and WeTV and is now expanding into tableware and paper product collaborations.

selects different designers that brides may not have heard of before, encouraging them to take chances with bold and different gowns that make a statement.

Mark takes pride in his staff, a close-knit group who he considers family. Highly trained and knowledgeable, they are dedicated to providing the highest quality experience at every stage from gown selection to final fitting; taking their time to listen to the customer is key. “I want brides to always remember that choosing a dress really isn’t about just choosing a dress........I want brides to leave here feeling that they were listened to, that they were serviced professionally, that they walk away with a once-in-lifetime experience.” He says.

“Bridal gown selection is a very personal experience.....our consultants are trained to find the best dress for you..... one that you feel comfortable with, within your budget, within your body type, within your venue....that’s how we operate in this salon. It’s really not about a high pressure situation but more about finding the right dress for you.”

Travelling to runway shows twice a year to handpick dresses, gowns and accessories for his atelier, he enjoys a unique relationship with many designers (including Karl Lagerfeld and Angel Sanchez) where he works with them to create special designs exclusive to his store, and to address his client’s needs. The atelier offers traditional, classic pieces alongside more modern, fashion forward gowns; Mark

Mark’s one piece of advice for brides-to-be when choosing your wedding dress? “Don’t bring your girlfriends!”

WEBSITE: www.markingramatelier.com FACEBOOK: MarkIngramAtelier INSTAGRAM: markingrambride TWITTER: markingrambride PINTEREST: markingrambride


A full service entertainment company that specialises in designing music to ďŹ t any occasion. Whether a soloist at a wedding or several artistes for an elaborate elegant event, we cater to the individual needs of each client, creating entertainment packages to ďŹ t their style, the event and their budget.

T: 1-246-826-5550 • E: notestonote@gmail.com


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unique wedding dresses and accessories custom-designed and made in barbados. Inspired by the female form, local wedding dress and accessories designer Jazz Applewhite creates gorgeous one-of-a-kind bridal wear using beautiful lace, soft flowing fabrics with intricate, detailed finishes with pearls, crystals and metallic beads.

LOCATION Fustic House, Barbados PHOTOGRAPHER Risee Chaderton, Eye One Visuals INSPIRATION DESIGNER Robert Carter, Petals in Paradise WEDDING GOWN Jazz Applewhite Bridal Designs JEWELLRY Always Summer, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre HAIR STYLISTS Angela Sealy & Donna Sealy MAKEUP ARTIST Sherryann Moore, Makeup by SAM

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BRIDAL FASHION Jazz Apple Creations

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Custom-designing her creations, she enjoys working one-on-one with clients to infuse her designs with their vision to bring their wedding dress dreams to life and ensure a perfect fit, which is no mean feat! Her one-off accessories include hair pieces and veils to compliment the dress, and add an elegant touch for any bride or bridesmaid. Jazz is also known for creating gorgeous hippy-chic floral headbands that can be tailored to a specific colour theme if required and are the perfect accessory for younger members of the bridal party. Looking to the future, Jazz is excited to have 68

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her designs featured in brideLIFE, and to have the opportunity to work with both local and international clients. “I was very excited to be contacted by brideLIFE to showcase my work in this issue! I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with the amazing and talented brideLIFE team, and I hope to collaborate on more projects in the future.�

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CAKES Frills & Flowers

Frills and

Flowers THEY’RE NOT JUST FOR THE DRESS!

Elaborate & stunning wedding cakes created by Barbados’ top bakers.

Who doesn’t love cake?

For one we do, and its always exciting to see what our island’s top bakers will create, from the simplest to the most extravagant of styles! Not

only are they visually stunning, but they taste like a little piece of heaven. Take a peak at these mouthwatering beauties by some of Barbados’ best!

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CAKES BY ANNALISE

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WHERE THERE IS CAKE, THERE IS HOPE. AND THERE IS ALWAYS CAKE. DEAN KOONTZ

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DONNA SMITH HAIR STYLIST “At the end of the day, confidence is the best hairstyle”

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Salons in The Fairmont Royal Pavilion and Cobbler’s Cove Hotels – located on Barbados’s Platinum Coast; that she is in demand as one of the island’s top hair stylists for weddings and events and also has a successful mobile hairdressing business – Hair By Donna. Life was not always so rose-tinted and rainbow hued for Donna. Hers is a real life Cinderella story, in a sense, and her humble beginnings have shaped her into the wonderful person that she is today. I had the good luck of sitting down with Donna for a good old chat to see what it is that makes this lady tick. Donna, at the age of fifteen, an age where for most of us the biggest source of stress is maybe a math test in school on Monday, found herself a teenage mother in need of a job. Coming from a poverty stricken home, Donna was no stranger to hardship, and she found herself employed at her sister-in-law’s salon, sweeping floors and serving refreshments to patrons. Her keen eye, attention to detail and passion to break free of the struggle, encouraged Donna to learn all that she could about the business, eventually landing her a position as hairdresser at the upscale Sandy Lane Hotel. This environment sparked such a fire in Donna, that is, 33 years later, yet to be put out. After studying abroad at Vidal Sassoon Salons in London (where she returns annually for refresher courses), Donna has become the best and most in demand bridal hair stylist in Barbados. And her reputation precedes her. She has been known, throughout her successful career, to have rubbed shoulders with many a celebrity, from Madeleine Albright and Bill and Hilary Clinton, to Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest.

F or most of us, the thought of affiliating and establishing ourselves amongst the echelons of the rich and famous is a thing of whimsical fancy and daydream. We have all, at one time or the other, imagined ourselves living a jet-set life where exotic locales and beach front mansions feature as a part of our everyday lives. Reality, however, rears it’s less than ideal head while sitting at our desk jobs or stewing in a hot traffic jam, and shatters our dreams with a cruel blow.

Now this paints a pretty extreme picture, as most of us are really content with our lot in life. We know that hard work and perseverance is what gets us through, and the hardships we face create a striving for excellence and a sense of gratification for the little blessings, whatever they may be. Never has this attitude been better expressed than in the likeness of Ms. Donna Smith. Anyone who is familiar with Donna knows that she is the proud proprietor of two of the island’s most prestigious beauty salons – Sass Beauty

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Barbados being one of the top holiday destinations in the Caribbean, it’s not surprising that Donna would have the opportunity to style the hair of a glamorous movie star or two. Pictures of the famous personalities she has had the good fortune to meet adorn the walls of her salon and she states that is has been an honour to make the acquaintance of famous people who she states humbly are “just like regular people”. As successful as Donna is, she remains humble and warm hearted in all aspects. When asked what she finds the most challenging about her career – “Time keeping! Especially at Christmas and New Year’s“, she says with a good natured grimace, when an average working day for Donna can be from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm! Yikes! But, being no stranger to hard work, she can say that along with the challenges she loves what she does and enjoys meeting people. Her mobile hair styling creates the opportunity for Donna to interact and relate with her clients in a more intimate way than the salon atmosphere can provide and she claims that she “likes to see how relaxed people are in their own environments”. Most of Donna’s clientele have been loyal and faithful to her


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service for 20 years or more, and the proof of her success is not hard to see. After such a long time in the business there has got to be a few funny anecdotes or stories of wedding day mishaps in her memory, right? I asked Donna to share one or two “hair-raising” debacles with our readers. She laughed obligingly and claimed, “there are certain words you should never say to a bride on her wedding day – EMERGENCY is one of them!” “From fainting brides to burnt veils, I’ve seen it all!” she says. She proceeded to tell me about a truly fascinating story with, luckily, a very happy ending. After being together for 6 years and having their first child, couple Kieron and Joanna Hatton decided on Barbados as the destination to tie the knot. They decided on a very intimate ceremony with just the three of them. Not hard to coordinate right? Wrong! After searching online, the couple settled for a wedding planner sourced on a recognized website. Upon meeting the appointed planner, she was rude and unprofessional, gave them very little information in regards to venue and ceremony details, and the Hattons were at a loss as to how to proceed. On the day of the nuptials, the wedding planner was an hour late and there were no pictures or even a wedding certificate issued! The Hattons returned to the UK extremely disappointed with the whole experience along with having no evidence of their special day. Joanna turned to her only other source of contact during the ordeal; her hairstylist Donna. Upset and saddened by the treatment the Hattons received, Donna spent a year trying to contact the parties involved and procure some form of compensation for the couple. Finally, with the help of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, Donna was able to ensure their return to Barbados. She enlisted the help of Malissa Blackman who finally located their marriage certificate and coordinated the details for the couple to renew their vows. So, on November 23rd 2010, exactly one year after their harrowing first ordeal, Donna and her team gave the Hattons the amazing opportunity for a second chance at the dream wedding they always desired. Fabulous hair and make-up, an intimate beach setting for exchanging of vows, professional photographer, flowers, cake, the works. All completely free of cost! In gratitude to Donna for all of her heart felt efforts, Joanna asked her to serve as her maid of honour. If that isn’t a fairy tale ending I don’t know what is!

To have your hair styled by Barbados’s very own “stylist to the stars” visit Donna’s website at www.hairstylebydonna.com to book your appointment.

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BEAUTY M.A.C. Looks

The Return of the Glow An easy, optimistic attitude in makeup pervades for Summer ’15.

ENLIGHTENED

All about light and brightness – this trend does it not with colour, but with texture – using shine, cream and powdered pearl, gloss and pale, matte shades which require real technical ability to keep the look weightless. The effortless way to channel this trend is with a glossy lid. “There is little more beautiful than natural skin enriched with a clear shine,” says M.A.C. ’s Terry Barber. The must-have product for this season is eye gloss.

THE ESSENTIALS: Mineralize Skinfinish Perfect

Topping in Lightscapade (light skins) or Global Glow (dark skins). Mixing Medium Shine - gives a translucent dewy glow. Gloss Texture. Eye Gloss worn alone for transparency, in Lightly Tauped. Cream Colour Base in Luna (light skins) or Dusk (dark skins). Prep + Prime Fix.

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Freedom! That’s the message this season’s makeup is sending. Freedom to be yourself and freedom to have fun with it. It’s all about perfect skin in the most natural way, playing with lightness both literally – light colour, tone, texture and touch – and metaphorically,

FREE PARTY

This trend conjures up a carefree spirit by way of a rainbow gathering. Against raw skin, colours have a seaside story to their palette: aquatic, clear-water blues and sea-foam greens, coral and shell pinks, sherbet and ice-cream pastels (and a smattering of fairground glitter). Mix, don’t match; be free with the placement; throw on something unique and embrace the irony of a mint-choc-chip green or a lipstick pink on the eye. There are no prescriptions or rules. Well, except for one. Ease up on foundation. “Anything involving colour only looks modern when you take away the skin coverage,” says Terry Barber.

THE ESSENTIALS: Satic Textured Cream in Blue Forecast (powder blue) and Super Fresh (pale mint). Gold Pigment – think liquid metal, not frost. Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Perky – a solid anchor for a glossy lid. Casual Colour in Secret Admirer - equally relevant on the eyes or lips. Technakohl in Smooth Blue - gives a beautiful brightness to the eyes, especially when worn in the waterlines.


as a mood. Don’t think this is all about “natural”; look closer at these trends and a diversity of choices is revealed. The commonality between them all is their exploration of how to open up the face. Spontaneity and vitality makes makeup feel fresh, captivatingly

NO MAKEUP

This season’s most prevalent trend: looking un-made up. Running the gamut from bare skin through to more sun warmed, very rarely, however, does it mean “no” makeup. The “keeping it real” details: clean, but not overly worked-on skin (concealer is king); a hydrated finish; minimal powder; translucently groomed brows; no mascara with straight lashes; sheer highlights; an insinuation of sun that ranges from a glow to a freckle to a surfer sun flush; a little lip conditioner. “No Makeup” is a democratic view of beauty – we can all aspire to looking like the best version of ourselves.

THE ESSENTIALS: Lip & Cheek in Must Have Melon

(translucent peach), Go Guava (warm rose). Eye Brows in Lingering and Strut - enhance and lightly shape brows. Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzer in Golden Rinse & Delicates, Matchmaster Concealer - gives the skin a clean finish without looking cakey. Prep + Prime Natural Radiance - built-in glow gives instant dimension to the face. Eye Shadow in Force of Nature.

chic and relevant. “Everything in makeup this season participates in achieving what makeup does best – revealing and illuminating the features,” explains Lyne Desnoyers, Director of Artistryat M. A. C. Cosmetics. What better reason to Lighten Up!

RE: VIEW

Black liner and lashes – the resolute cornerstones of eye makeup – get a wide-eyed, expansive rethink; deconstructing lines to intensify and open the eye while lashes are extreme: “...nothing or almost overdone; there is no middle ground to mascara now,” states Terry Barber. On trend? Layers of mascara against bare skin. The vital detail – no eye shadow. Contemporary black is worn at its best against bare (often glossy) lids.

THE ESSENTIALS: Studio Sculpt Superblack Lash.

Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash. Super Slick Liquid Eye Liner in Defiantly Feline. Black Crème Liner.

TOOLS: 205 Mascara Fan Brush; 266 Small Angle Brush.

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Soft, feminine flowing dresses, silk pyjama tops and chic cotton pants pair with fun and flirty swimwear for summer, accessorised with delicate jewellery that makes a subtle statement. Bright colours combine with fringed throws for a poolside look that pops, while makeup is mostly natural with an occasional standout lip. Step into a world of luxurious villa living with brideLIFE!

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LOCATION Fustic House, Barbados PHOTOGRAPHER Risee Chaderton, Eye One Visuals RESORT WEAR, JEWELERY, ACCESSORIES Always Summer, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, St James SWIMWEAR Sea Reinas, Barbados HAIR STYLIST Angela Sealy & Donna Sealy MAKEUP ARTIST Sherryann Moore, Makeup by SAM


LIFESTYLE Villa Living

previous pages left: deandra is wearing a silk swarovski crystal embellished long dress by camilla and gold drop earrings by lk/leetal kalmanson. right: jacqueline is wearing a silk fringe cover-up by blink, multi-stone & gold necklace by mary louise; “folie” strapless bikini top in plum; “snorkel” bikini bottom in emerald.

these pages left: deandra is wearing a “shallow water” turquoise bikini top by sea reinas; embellished white cotton pant by juliette dunn; white mother of pearl & gold triangle necklace; crystal & gold long necklace by mary louise; crystal & 18ct gold earrings by dana kellin.

below: jacqueline is wearing a pink silk embroidered jacket by juliette dunn; ‘mela’ pink pearl & cord double necklace; long zircon stud earrings by ziba; swimwear from rue des escoffees collection by sea reinas; “piccolo” bandeau bikini top in white; “posers” bikini bottom in white; with a moyna “barbados” pouch/clutch.

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REAL WEDDINGS Deborah & Brian

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No strangers to Barbados, Deborah and Brian have visited the island for many years and bought their own vacation home on the west coast. So when they decided to tie the knot, it was no surprise that they chose Barbados as their wedding destination! The bride and groom wanted an intimate wedding with 20 of their closest friends and family – the ceremony was held at their own home, “Fern Gully”, where they overlooked the west coast horizon and the backdrop was a beautiful gully. Guests were serenaded by solo guitarist David Collins, while Country House Caterers served sumptuous canapés and champagne. The couple wanted the venue for their wedding reception to be something spectacular with a view of the ocean and a sense of elegance similar to Deborah’s own style. It was very important to both the bride and groom that the venue also gave their guests a taste of why they loved Barbados so much; after meeting with the Weddings by Malissa team, it was determined that The Cliff Restaurant was the perfect choice for the affair. Being in the event and wedding industry in the UK and owning her own floral shop, Deborah was well versed in what she envisioned for her own special day; a meeting with florist Christina Foster of Simply Flowers to design the flowers included the creation of a stunning display of flowers on the archway at the entry to the ceremony location. The bride’s floral palette featured white hydrangeas, cream and pale pink spray roses, rice ferns, white cymbidium orchids, white lisianthius and other natural greenery. Deborah’s daughter, an opera singer, treated guests to a number of her mother’s favorite songs during both the ceremony and reception, adding an exceptionally personal

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P RO FESSIO N AL D ETAI LS CEREMONY LOCATION Private Residence in Bakers Woods, St.Peter RECEPTION LOCATION The Cliff Restaurant WEDDING PLANNER/DESIGNER Weddings By Malissa MUSIC AT CEREMONY David Collins PHOTOGRAPHER Luke De Freitas Photography HAIR STYLIST Donna Smith MAKEUP ARTIST Janine Cooper FLOWERS Simply Flowers WEDDING FAVOURS Green Monkey Chocolatier FIREWORKS Carib FX RENTALS FOR CEREMONY Marquee Events WEDDING CAKE Sinnfully Sweet Creations

touch to the event! Deborah and Brian surprised their guests with a local gift of gourmet handmade chocolates from the Green Monkey Chocolatier and the final touch to the night was a spectacular 4 minute firework display by Carib FX that captured the unique attitude of this very special couple in having a truly memorable wedding that they could share with friends and family. This was clearly an enjoyable wedding planning experience for both the couple and the team at Weddings by Malissa, who shared: “we had a blast working with this super fun loving couple and wish them a lifetime of happiness, love and laughter together!”

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REAL WEDDINGS Lorraine & Steven

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Barbados was recommended by a friend, and our loved ones were excited and respectful of our desire for a destination wedding, while understanding that some of them would not be able to attend. All of our wedding desires were presented with the utmost professionalism and courtesy, while offering us great value with a personal touch. The venue was well located, very intimate, beautiful and secluded. Everything we’d asked for was presented at a reasonable price with good communication throughout the planning process. The catering was lovely and economical, and the quantity was perfect, so as not to soak up the champagne too much! The staff were very attentive, staying within reach to assist, but far enough away not to impose. The marquee was an unexpected necessity due to the weather, yet in hindsight the ambiance would not have been the same without it, and the fresh local flowers were just gorgeous. Given the fact that neither of us are religious, the Officiate offered a suitable, tasteful service which was just perfect. Everyone who joined us in Barbados loved it, and we hosted a party for everyone else on our return home. We enjoyed our Barbados destination wedding very much and would certainly recommend both Barbados and Lisa’s services. In fact, we enjoyed it so much that every time we look back on our big day we just burst into smiles!

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P RO FES S IO N AL D ETAILS LOCATION

Silver Sands Beach

PHOTOGRAPHY

Addison Cumberbatch

WEDDING PLANNER, DESIGN & DÉCOR

BARBADOS Weddings...beyond your imagination!!

FLOWERS

BARBADOS Weddings...beyond your imagination!!

WEDDING CAKE

BARBADOS Weddings...beyond your imagination!!

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We chose Barbados as our destination wedding location because I fell in love with The Cliff restaurant when I went to visit friends that live in Barbados. Before my husband and I were even engaged, I walked into The Cliff and said “This is it! I’m getting married here in Barbados one day!” We wanted to have first look photos done at Bottom Bay, but it was pouring rain all day of our wedding. We ended up having our first look photos at The Harrison House. Also due to the weather and incoming tide, we had our wedding ceremony on the balcony of The Cadillac Penthouse at The Lone Star, with the wedding dinner reception in the restaurant. Our most memorable experience of our wedding was lighting the Chinese wish lanterns. The expression on my grandfather’s face was perfection as he let go of the lit lantern and it floated into the sky! Our photographer captured that moment perfectly and it had become the favorite memory for all of our friends too. Barbados was special for everyone not just us as the bride and groom. It was a beautiful adventurous trip for everyone that attended (28 including us) and a truly memorable occasion; Barbados made my father say “I don’t want to get out of the water!” when swimming in the crystal clear ocean. My father does not spend much time outside or in the sun due to skin cancer, but while in Barbados, he was totally relaxed and happy – this alone was one of the most wonderful things to happen during our destination wedding event!

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PROFE SSIONAL DE TAILS PHOTOGRAPHER Chris Glenn

WEDDING PLANNER

Bridesmaid Melissa Doty & personal friend, Tanya Franco

GUITARIST

David Collins

VIDEOGRAPHER Luke de Freitas

CEREMONY & RECEPTION

Lone Star Hotel & Restaurant

FLOWERS

Simply Flowers

HAIR STYLIST Tenika Tang

MAKEUP ARTIST Tessa Vaughn

WEDDING CAKE

Beverley Marshall

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LAURA MATT

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The SOS call came from Laura 4 months before her wedding day, due to her American based wedding planner’s inability to execute her wedding in Barbados. With 70 specially invited guests due to fly in for the occasion, there was no time to waste. Laura and her Mom came to Barbados and Island Bliss took them to venues from east coast to the west coast! Upon returning to New York and talking to her fiancee, Matt, Foul Bay Beach was chosen for the ceremony and Tides Restaurant for the reception – and so the planning began! The wedding weekend started off with a welcome dinner for all the guests at Apsara restaurant in St Lawrence Gap. Entertained by the sultry sounds of Debbie Reifer and friends, guests enjoyed a dinner of authentic Indian cuisine. On the wedding day, luxury shuttles were provided for the guests to the south east coast of the island where the ceremony took place; afterwards they quenched their thirst with icy cold Banks beers (a favourite of the bride!). For a fun mix of photo shots, the wedding party made their way to Oistins (one of the 4 towns in Barbados) to take sunset shots on the boardwalk, and then on to the reception at Tides. After the traditional formalities, it was straight to the dance floor and guests partied into the night. The activities concluded with a relaxed midday beach event at Johnny Cool’s on the Dover beachfront; guests enjoyed tasting the local fare while reminiscing about their amazing weekend before they headed back to the US. Laura was thrilled with the outcome and shared her thoughts: “Jean and Lisa are both a pleasure to work with. Jean took the lead on planning our wedding, patiently listened to what we wanted, worked with us to craft that into a vision, and then executed it to perfection”

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P RO FES S IO N AL D ETAILS LOCATIONS Welcome Party - Apsara Restaurant Ceremony - Foul Bay Beach Reception - Tides Restaurant PHOTOGRAPHY Addison Cumberbatch VIDEOGRAPHY Cielo Productions FLOWERS Simply Flowers DECOR & DESIGN Island Bliss Weddings in association with RSVP Events HAIR STYLIST Donna Smith MAKEUP ARTIST Janine Cooper CAKE Annalise Benskin ENTERTAINMENT Steel Panist - Andre Forde Band - NJ 30

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Tropical Weddings’ Alicia Farmer shares 5 Tips for Getting Married in Barbados 1. Select your professional wedding coordinator.

2. Choose a beautiful wedding location.

3. Invite your loved ones! 4. Get your legal wedding

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WEDDING PLANNER Tropical Weddings Barbados

license is an easy process; no minimum requirement of days needed to be on island!

PHOTOGRAPHER Steven Cumberbatch of Magical Moments Photography

5. Let your coordinator do

CEREMONY Bottom Bay Cliff Top, St. Phillip

the rest!

RECEPTION Island Safari 6 hour tour with a stop at Atlantis Hotel for lunch!

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BOUQUET Tropical Posy Bouquet

Elizabeth Teresa Waldner & William Grant Roden William & Liz came to Barbados on their own for a quiet, very intimate wedding – and thanks to Tropical Weddings, their day was extra special and unique! Their wedding day began with a ceremony at the top of a cliff, followed by a private 6-hour island tour with Island Safari - what a fun way to celebrate getting married in Barbados!


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Blissfully happy couple, Danielle & Robert, were married on the south coast of Barbados and shared their thoughts: “We want to again extend our sincere appreciation to you and Barbara for making our wedding the best day of our lives, and say thank you for all of the extra effort that went into making sure that our wedding actually happened! So, we wanted to share with you some photos that we have of the wedding day. Thanks to you, the most beautiful day of our lives came off without a hitch. Thank you so much and we hope that you enjoy the photos!� Sincerest Thanks, Danielle and Robert

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ON TOUR With Loop Barbados

Bridal Party Exper

girls

Being that you are in beautiful Barbados for your wedding, take full advantage of this magical island and thoroughly enjoy the experience with your bridal party; both the bride with her maids and the groom with his men!

adventurous why not try a bit of yoga on board. We promise you there will be tons of laughter and fun! After your paddleboard session you will definitely be hungry so pack a picnic and enjoy it on the beach with your bridesmaids!

While a spa day with the girls might be an easy choice, and the boys may just want to chill and relax with some beers in hand, Loop Barbados has some interesting and different ideas to add into the mix of your time in Barbados.

www.surfsupbarbados.com

Here are our Top 3 suggestions for out of the box activities, which you can organize with your bridesmaids!

For the Adventurous

Why not get out in the crystal clear water and experience Stand Up Paddle boarding. With the warm tropical breeze flowing through your hair and the refreshing waters, it can’t get much better than this. Not only will you be getting in that exercise which you promised yourself you would do but also it’s a totally different way to see Barbados. There’s something amazing about paddling along the pristine coastline and viewing the island from the water. Not only will you be spending quality time with your friends, you may also meet some underwater friends along the way, like a turtle or two! We suggest booking your Stand Up Paddle session with WhatSup Barbados, book a lesson and if you are feeling

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For the Creatives

Why not try a painting class with your girls? Set up that blank canvas in a picturesque area of Barbados like the East or North coast - Bathsheba or Animal Flower Cave. Enjoy the outdoors and get those creative juices flowing. Hire an artist to guide and assist in your creations, which can then be souvenirs from your trip to Barbados! It’s a win-win if you ask us. Don’t forget the wine and snacks to accompany you!

For the Foodies

What could be better than a wine tasting with your nearest and dearest? Get all your maids together and do a wine and food pairing! You can either go shopping for your bites and wine or place an order with one of our local caterers who will take care of the work for you! For all you foodies out there, this is the ultimate get together activity; we suggest contacting Country House Caterers or Flindt Patisserie who can organize it all for you.


riences to Remember

guys

Now we can’t forget the groom and his men: our Top 3 out of the box activities for the gentlemen:

For the Culture Seekers

with a minimum of five drivers, a 15 minute race and of course the finishing positions and lap times of each driver! A little friendly competition never hurt anyone. For those motor sports enthusiasts this is a superb experience!

Why not do a Rum Shop Tour throughout the island, similar to bar hopping but way more casual and you get to explore the island as you go! Hop on a chartered bus and make your way through the countryside stopping at different rum shops along the way. Quench your thirst with the local Banks beer or go for a rum and mix drink and simple “cutter” (bread with cheese or ham inside) - don’t forget the pepper sauce! The boys can play dominoes with the locals and drop in on a friendly cricket game during the island tour! Strictly Bajan Rum Shop Tours can organize this tour for you! Happy Rum Shop Hopping!

www.bushyparkbarbados.com

For the men who like the finer things in life, you can go to Limegrove Lifestyle Centre and visit La Casa Del Habano for a Cuban cigar session. Relax in their comfortable lounge or outdoor deck while listening to blues, jazz or latin music, depending on your mood! Sample the diverse selection of cigars and pair it with a fine liquor or coffee. Sounds like a pretty good outing to us!

www.bajanislandtours.com

www.casadelhabanobbds.com

For the Relaxed

For the Fast Paced

The groom and his men can get together and have some fun at the Bushy Park Racetrack in St Philip. Recently renovated, it offers a top quality racing experience on specially designed 0.41-kilometre circuit in a Birel kart. They have recently introduced the Grand Prix package which is a perfect option

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h s a r TTHE DRESS Laura and Matt spent a wonderful morning with their wedding photographer Addison Cumberbatch on the rugged east coast of Barbados. Bathsheba is certainly famous amongst the international surfing community for its unique wave break. But for this newlywed couple it was the scene of their fun-fulled Trash the Dress session. Basking in the warm pools along the stretch of scenic coastline, or laying out on the sandy beaches, these lovebirds certainly looked to have had a glorious morning in the sun!

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BRIDAL GOWNS & ACCESSORIES Mark Ingram Atelier, New York (212) 319-6778 www.markingramatelier.com

Jazz Applewhite Bridal Designs (246) 837-8696 www.instagram.com/jazzapple246

DÉCOR SUPPLIES Laurie Dash (246) 426-5061 www.facebook.com/laurie-dash-sons-inc

CAKE DESIGNERS Beverly Marshall (246) 236-1799 beverlymarshall246@gmail.com

ENTERTAINMENT David Collins (246) 234-2836 www.davidcollins.biz

Cakes by Annalise (246) 234-4216 annalisenb@gmail.com

Notes to Note – Chris Harper (246) 427-2555 notestonote@gmail.com

Four and Twenty Bakery Inc. (246) 429-1385 www.fourandtwentybakery.com

EVENT DESIGNERS & PLANNERS BARBADOS...Weddings Beyond your Imagination!! (246) 420-4832 www.barbadosweddings.com

Sinnfully Sweet Creations (246) 233-0572 sinnfullysweetcreations@hotmail.com

CATERERS AND CHEFS Four and Twenty Bakery Inc. (246) 429-1385 www.fourandtwentybakery.com

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The Green Monkey Chocolatier (246) 231-1001 info@thegreenmonkeychocolatier.com

Emma Corrie Designs (246) 228-7011 www.emmacorrie.com Island Bliss Weddings (246) 419-0486 www.islandbliss.net

Mahogany Ridge/Corbin’s Catering (246) 427-7777 www.corbinscatering.com

Jubilee Events Caribbean (246) 244-2434 www.eventjubileecaribbean.com

Patisserie Flindt & Bistro (246) 432-2626 flindt@flindtbarbados.com

Petals In Paradise – Robert Carter (246) 231-9993 www.petalsparadise.com

Scott’s Catering (246) 256-5551 scottscateringbarbados@gmail.com

Renaissance Designs Inc. (246) 418-8326 ewww.renaissancedesignsinc.com

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Tropical Weddings (246) 434-8400 www.tropicalweddingsbarbados.com

Julie McNicholl (246) 833-1208 juliemcnicoll@live.com

Weddings by Malissa (246) 262-1450 www.barbadosweddings.net

HOTELS & APARTMENTS Almond Beach Resort (246) 422-4900 www.almondbarbados.com

EXPERIENCES Island Safari (246) 429-5337 www.islandsafari.bb

Beach View Hotel (246) 432-6800 www.beachviewbarbados.com

Silver Moon (246) 435-5285 www.silvermoonbarbados.com

Bougainvillea Beach Resort (246) 628-0990 www.bougainvillearesort.com

FLORISTS & FLORAL DESIGNERS Petals in Paradise – Robert Carter (246) 231-9993 www.petalsparadise.com

Santosha (246) 422-7999 www.santoshabarbados.com

Simply Flowers (246) 437-6597 cmfoster@caribsurf.com Victoria Florist (246) 426-3379 victoriaflorist@caribsurf.com

HAIR STYLISTS Angela Sealy – The Stylist (246) 622-1432 Donna Sealy (246) 265-4131 Hair by Donna (246) 234-3731 www.hairstylebydonna.com

Savannah Beach Hotel (246) 228-3800 www.savannahbarbados.com Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa (246) 422-5026 www.sugarcaneclub.com Time Out Hotel (246) 420-5021 www.timeoutbarbados.com Worthing Court Apartment Hotel (246) 434-8400 www.worthingcourt.com

INVITATIONS & STATIONERY Py-on-i Designs (246) 435-3045 www.pyonidesigns.com

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ISLAND GUIDE Loop Barbados (246) 233-8016 www.loopbarbados.com

JEWELRY Diamonds International (246) 430-2400 www.diamondsinternational.com

Always Summer (246) 434 6745 www.facebook.com/alwayssummerbarbados

LOCATIONS & VENUES Bougainvillea Beach Resort (246) 628-0990 www.bougainvillearesort.com Beach View Hotel (246) 432-6800 www.beachviewbarbados.com Codrington College (246) 416-8051 www.codrington.org Fustic House (246) 622-4466 www.blueskyluxury.com Lancaster Great House (246) 266-8752 www.facebook.com/lancastergreathouse Pollards Mill (246) 423-6530 www.pollardsmill.com Santosha Barbados (246) 422-7999 www.santoshabarbados.com

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St. Nicholas Abbey (246) 422-8725 www.stnicholasabbey.com Sunbury House (246) 423-6270 www.greathouse.com Surfers Bay (246) 262-5483 www.moonracer.com

The Cliff Restaurant (246) 432-1922 www.thecliffbarbados.com The Lone Star Hotel & Restaurant (246) 419 0599 www.thelonestar.com

LUXURY VILLA RENTALS Blue Sky Luxury (246) 622-4466 www.blueskyluxury.com Dalmeran Property Management (246) 432-1120 www.dalmeranproperty.com

MAKEUP ARTISTS Makeup by SAM – Sherryann Moore (246) 234-6194 www.eyemakeupbysam.com Makeup by Janine (246) 266-1883 janinecooper@caribsurf.com Sabrina Newsam (246) 238-1817 brines_1@hotmail.com


PHOTOGRAPHERS Addison Cumberbatch (246) 233-4151 addison.cumberbatch@gmail.com Andrew Browne Photography (246) 253-2566 www.andrewbrownephotos.com Diana Digital Studio – Diana Lewis (246) 256-4126 www.dianadigitalstudio.com Eye One Visuals - Risée Chaderton www.eyerisee.com Gina Francesca Photography (246) 256-4459 www.ginafrancescaonline.com

Sea Reinas sales@seareinas.com www.seareinas.com

TRAVEL Virgin Atlantic (246) 228-4886 www.virginatlantic.com VIDEOGRAPHERS Cielo Productions (246) 262-9641 www.cielointernational.com I Do Video Art (246) 264-1999 www.idoveideoart.com

Leslie St. John (246) 231-3509 www.lesliestjohn.com Magical Moments – Steve Cumberbatch (246) 230-3732 www.magicalphotos.net Chris Glenn Photography www.facebook.com/chrisglennphotography www.chrisglennphotography.com

RENTALS Marquee Events (246) 243-6514 whitefoldingchairs@gmail.com RESORT & SWIMWEAR Always Summer (246) 434-6745 www.facebook.com/alwayssummerbarbados

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