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The Ultimate Guide to Destination Weddings in Paradise

Enjoy every breath in Bequia Discover the perfect location for the epicurean couple

Real destination weddings

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10 o u r b r i d a l pa r t y Meet some of the team who helped make this issue.

12 R e c e n t ly W e d Newly-weds from around the Caribbean.

14 S av e t h e D at e See what is going on in the region before you plan your trip.

19 Wedding Planning Workbook Our checklist to help you through the entire planning process.

42 f e at u r e d w e d d i n g Amanda & Lauren, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

22 f e at u r e d w e d d i n g

56 f e at u r e d w e d d i n g Jennifer & Carlo, Verandah Resort & Spa.

Hana & Shayne, Grand Cayman Island.

5 CB Pledge Oath for the new Caribbean Bride.

8 The First Dance A note from the Editor.

74 Marketplace Our list of recommended premium vendors.

80 The Last Dance A note from the Publisher.


GR AND CAYMAN Definition: Gladly received, as one whose arrival gives pleasure; to greet or entertain hospitably. Related Words: cosmopolitan, smart, sophisticated, worldly, suave; civilized, cultivated, cultured, hospitable, polished, refined; experienced, knowing, practiced, schooled, seasoned.

Grand Cayman Colour Palette




www.caymanislands.ky The Cayman Islands. Three islands. One idyllic destination. For more information call us at 1.800.263.5805

Features issue 8


36 E l C o n q u i s ta d o r R e s o r t The perfect location for the epicurean couple.

28 m o r e t h a n j u s t c a r n i va l

62 the added essentials

The twin isles of Trinidad & Tobago.

Accessories for the dapper destination groom.

34 Preston bailey

66 G r o o m ' s g u i d e t o fa s h i o n

Custom-made hearts.

Turn some heads at your wedding.

40 lucky 13

68 J u s t b r e at h e

The inaugural Lucky 13 event with Colin Cowie.

A honeymoon in Bequia.

48 Windjammer Landing

72 o u r s i g n at u r e c o c k ta i l s

Have a honeymoon like no other.

A delicious recipe you can have at your event.

50 look book

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Ceremony and reception looks inspired by the sea and sun. The Ultimate Guide to Destination Weddings in Paradise

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Enjoy every breath in Bequia Discover the perfect location for the epicurean couple

A unique setting for a destination wedding.

Real destination weddings

On t h e C ov e r :

Our gorgeous Caribbean Bride is Kayla Meddaugh who got married in the USVI. She wears a fit and flare gown in lace with capped sleeves by La Femme. Pho t o:

Blue Glass Photography

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remember to L A U G H

L O V E made this day happen

cultures & experiences be open to new


take a million pictures roll around on the

be thankful you are

for all the special people you have in your lives.



with sand between your toes

Destination Wedding THIS IS YOUR

do it your way

Create memories that will last a lifetime


ENJOY the sunshine

get wet in the ocean

l i v e in the moment

feel amazing in your

you are a

CAribbeAn Bride www.caribbeanbride.com

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Publisher/Creative Director Art Direction Design Executive Editor Assistant Editor Editorial Intern Contributing Writers

Dave Cox Digital Coconut Blueprint Creative Andrea Lown Sarah Owen Katya Lininskaya Kristina DoRosario Nicole Blair Trevor Burnett Photo Editor Dac Callender Contributing Photographers Brian Nejedly Blue Glass Photography Dave Cox Limelight Photography Digital Retouching Christa Michelle Illustrations Valerie Harbig Operations Neil Owen Advertising Sales Erica Henry-Jackman Marketing Digital Coconut Distribution Disticor (Canada) Source Interlink (US) Apple iTunes (digital edition) Public Relations Three Publicity Caribbeanbride.com Web Director Web Design

Paula Shepherd Digital Coconut

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the first dance by A n dr e a L ow n Executive Editor


elcome to the 8th issue of Caribbean Bride Magazine. We’re excited to take you on a romantic journey around the region popping in on a few of our favourite spots in Puerto Rico, The Grenadines and Dominican Republic and giving you a glimpse of the magic of destination celebrations. From stunning dresses and unforgettable backdrops to the smallest details that make a wedding pop, we hope each featured wedding gives you a sense of the possibilities for your own day. Whether you are inviting hundreds or a handful, this issue will inspire you to carefully curate both a style for your wedding in addition to the experience you intend to create for you and your treasured guests. New to this issue, we’ve given grooms some love in their own section. With tips on warm weather suits, accessories and more, couples will have all the tools necessary to turn a groom from mere accessory at the altar into a dashing head turner in his own right. We are constantly on the hunt for fabulous destination weddings to feature in the magazine and on our website (www.CaribbeanBride.com) and welcome you to send pictures of your wedding, honeymoon or fabulous pre and post wedding events with your guests to info@caribbeanbride.com. Congratulations on your engagement and, as always, thanks for letting the Caribbean Bride team be a part of your planning journey.



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o u r b r i d a l pa r t y The Cont ributors

Issue 8

Kristina DoRosario is a travel blogger and freelance travel writer from Toronto. As an avid solo traveller with an intense curiosity for foreign cultures, she is always anticipating her next adventure. Kristina covers everything from destination reviews to personal travel narratives, and believes that the best travel advice is based on personal experience. As a food addict, athlete, and former expat, Kristina satisfies her passion for travel by writing unique and authentic stories from her adventures abroad. www.travelwithkaydo.com

Susan Cianfarani is celebrating 32 years in the travel industry with much success. As the Founder and President of InStyle Vacations and InStyle Destination Weddings she is continually developing the concept of luxury destination weddings. One of the keys to her success is her ability to design specialty weddings and events that incorporate the cultures of the destinations. The company is now one of the leaders in destination weddings in the Canadian market to destinations across the world. Susan planned our Featured Wedding for Jennifer and Carlo in Antigua. www.instylevacations.ca

Rebecca Davidson has been photographing weddings internationally and in the Caribbean for a number of years. Her story-telling approach to each wedding allows her to bond with the client in a way that helps capture their emotion. Her excitement and passion for this job are obvious in the photos that are created. She LOVES her work. Rebecca is the creative director and lead photographer at Picture This Studios in the Cayman Islands. Her work has been featured internationally in many magazines, websites and blogs. She has been awarded best photographer in the Cayman Islands by Best of Cayman. www.rebeccadavidson.com

Alain M. Brin is an editorial and wedding photographer specializing in vibrant imagery in tropical destinations. Running a client–friendly, service oriented business with his wife in the Virgin Islands, he believes that great creativity often is the result of team effort. They have a personal desire to capture or create something that inspires an instantaneous positive reaction. This issue’s cover is an image from a recent destination wedding shot by Alain. www.blueglassphotography.com

Trevor Burnett is a mixologist and partner at the beverage consultant company Tipicular Fixin’s. A consummate traveler he has shared his knowledge of spirits and the culture of cocktails with thousands of libation lovers the world over. His ‘liquid’ training includes intensive sessions in the history and production of rum, luxury spirits, French epicurean traditions, Scotch whisky and gin. He has appearing on CTVs Etalk, Entertainment Tonight, Breakfast Television, and various CTV/Chum affiliated programs. Trevor developed the recipe for our signature cocktail for this issue. www.tipicularfixins.com

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r e c e n t ly wed C ongr at ulat ions t o t h e s e coupl e s w ho c hos e t h e C a r ibbe a n for t h e i r special day.

Gillian and Dan Ashley and David Grand Old House, Grand Cayman February 28, 2015

Villa del Mar Hau, Isabela Puerto Rico February 21, 2015

(photo: Vanessa Vargas)

(photo: Rebecca Davidson)

Stephanie and Sean-Paul Pedros Castle, Grand Cayman February 14, 2015

(photo: Rebecca Davidson)

Kadie and Brian Grand Old House, Grand Cayman March 06, 2015

(photo: Rebecca Davidson)

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Jennifer and Ryan Lauren and Grant Caribbean Club, Grand Cayman January 17, 2015

Tres Sirenas, Rincon, Puerto Rico January 16, 2015

(photo: Vanessa Vargas)

(photo: Rebecca Davidson)

Anamita and Naitik Beachy Head House, Barbados March 7, 2015

(photo: Nigel Wallace) Sasha and Richard The Crane, Barbados December 1, 2015

(photo: Steve Cumberbatch)


If you would like your photos included please send them to info@caribbeanbride.com. Due to space constraints we cannot confirm all submissions will be used. caribbean bride . 13

s av e t h e d at e if you a r e v isi t i ng us du r i ng 2016, w h y no t tak e t im e t o su rv e y t h e cult u r al la n Dscape ? w e promis e you will h av e a good t im e!



A n t igua & B a r buda

B a r bados

• Yacht Club Round-the-Island Race

• Sandy Lane Gold Cup • Holder’s Performing Arts Festival • Barbados Polo Open

A ruba

• Carnival Celebration Gr e n ada BAH AM AS

• Junkanoo Parade B a r bados

• Barbados Horticultural Society Annual Flower Show Gr e n ada

• Spice Island Billfish Tournament • Grenada Sailing Festival Gr e n adi n e s

• Mustique Blues Festival • Bequia Mount Gay Music Festival

• Grenada Round-the-Island Race N e v is

• Carino Nevis Health Spa Triathlon P u e rt o Rico

• Caribbean Bridal Expo S t. K i t t s & N e v is

• Nevis to St. Kitts Cross Channel Swim S t. M aa rt e n

• St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

J amaica

• Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival



• Antigua Sailing Week • Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta

B a r bados

• Battle of the Sexes Polo Tournament • Holetown Festival C a r r iacou

• Carriacou Carnival C u r aÇ ao

A n t igua a n d B a r buda

B a r bados

• Oistins Fish Festival • Sir Garfield Sobers Festival of Golf Gr e n adi n e s

• Bequia Easter Regatta

• International Carnival Queen Pageant D omi n ica

• The Real Mas Tobago

• Tobago Carnival Regatta T r i n idad

• Trinidad Carnival T r i n idad & Tobago

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May A n t igua & ba r buda

• Antigua & Barbuda Sports Fishing Tournament B a r bados

• Mount Gay Regatta • Barbados International Masters Football Festival • Barbados Gospelfest S ai n t L ucia

• Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival www.caribbeanbride.com



B a r bados

A ruba

• Sol Rally Barbados

• Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival

J amaica

A n t igua

• Caribbean Fashion Week • Ocho Rios Jazz Festival

• De Jam Festival

S t. K i t t s a n d N e v is

• North Sea Jazz Festival

C u r aÇ ao

• St. Kitts Music Festival

J amaica S t. Vi nc e n t

• Vincy Mas Carnival Celebrations

• Falmouth Blue Marlin Tournament Tobago

T r i n idad

• We Beat Festival

July A n t igua a n d B a r buda

• Antigua Carnival

• Tobago International Cycling Classic

October A n t igua a n d B a r buda

• Jubilation World Gospel Festival B a r bados

B a r bados

• Crop Over Festival

• Sun, Sea & Slams International Bridge Festival Gr e n ada

D omi n ica

• Dive Fest

• Cricket Classic Festival T r i n idad

Gr e n ada

• Spicemas Carnival • Carriacou Regatta Festival J amaica

• Reggae Sumfest P u e rt o Rico

• Blue Food Festival

November B a r bados

• Sizzlin’ Sand Barbados Sunsplash Volleyball Tu r ks & C aicos

• Salsa Congress

• Turks & Caicos Conch Festival



B a r bados

• Banks International Hockey Festival • Grand Kadooment S ai n t L ucia

• Rose Festival Tobago

• The Carib Great Race T r i n idad

• Santa Rosa Festival


B a r bados

• Barbados International Film Festival • Run Barbados C a r r iacou

• Carriacou Parang Festival S t. Vi nc e n t

• Nine Mornings Festival T r i n idad

• Penta Paints Kite Flying Competition

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I am a

caribbean bride Karolyn Nahr November 3, 2014 Willemstad, Curaçao Guershon and I live in Willemstad, Curaçao and after three years of being together we got married at the Livingstone Jan Thiel Resort. Our wedding had about 125 guests who flew in from all over the world for us. It was moving to see so many friends and family we haven’t seen in a while. We wanted to do something different so we got married on a Monday. It was an incredible day filled with many everlasting memories. I loved every moment of my wedding day and wouldn’t change a thing. My advice to other Caribbean Brides is that a wedding is a preparation of your life together with your future husband so enjoy your wedding. Try not to stress about the small stuff and don’t try to please everybody! Photo: Theo Meijer Photography

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A grand setting. A grand experience. A grand wedding.

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall

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IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraíso

Begin your life together in total harmony at Iberostar Grand Hotels. These opulent, adults-only destinations combine breathtaking settings and endless pampering to create a wedding made in paradise. Here, personal wedding coordinators take care of every detail. And with only one wedding per day you’re ensured your moment in the spotlight is truly your own. You’ll also enjoy privileges at Iberostar’s nearby sister properties — ideal for family and friends traveling with children.


Contact your travel professional or visit iberostar.com www.caribbeanbride.com

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wedding planning

Workbook a guide t o t ak e you f rom y e s t o day of succ e ss by Nicol e T y l e r Blai r


ongratulations on your recent engagement! You are about to embark on one of life’s greatest adventures…marriage! To help you get started on the right foot, we’ve put together a wedding planning workbook to help guide you through the entire process to keep things running smoothly. You want your wedding to be one that not only your friends and family will remember, but one that you and your spouse will cherish for years to come. Incorporating personal elements into the design and festivities is a sure way to make your big day a story worth remembering. Whether you decide to incorporate your heritage into the décor or your love of travel into the menu, just remember to be creative and have fun with it. This workbook will see you through every step of the way to keep things under control and stress free. Check www.caribbeanbride.com for tips, trends and vendor information. Happy planning!

Choose your attendants Select the bridesmaids’ attire and invite the mothers to select their dresses Make travel arrangements for the honeymoon

4 to 6 months before the wedding: Order invitations and thank-you notes Create a gift registry Select a florist Choose a cake

1 year before the wedding, or ASAP:

Reserve a location for the rehearsal dinner Purchase wedding bands

Determine your budget Select attire for the groom and ushers Draft a preliminary guest list Finalise the wedding date

Reserve rental equipment (tables, chairs, tents, linens, etc.) if not provided

Reserve the ceremony and reception site

Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests

Send out save-the-date cards (optional)

Book wedding night accommodations

Hire a wedding planner (optional)

Arrange wedding day transportation

Shop for a gown

Begin dance lessons (optional)

Book an officiant, if not included in the wedding package

Provide travel and accommodations information to the guests

Book a photographer

2 to 4 months before the wedding:

Select a caterer Book musicians for the ceremony and reception

If required by your state, schedule appointments for blood tests

Finalise the guest list with both families

Secure the marriage licence Write wedding vows (optional)


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Send out invitations Select ushers Select speakers/readings for the ceremony Choose gifts for attendants and favours for guests Discuss ceremony with officiant Purchase shoes, hosiery, jewelry and hair accessories

1 to 2 months before the wedding: Have programmes printed Obtain and prepare all necessary paperwork for official name change, change of address, etc. Confirm arrangements and reservations for out-of-town guests Draw up reception seating plan; discuss menu details Submit information to local newspapers for wedding announcement publication Buy a wedding gift for your husband-to-be Attend a hair and make up consultation Purchase a guest book

2 weeks before the wedding: Go in for your final gown fitting Finalise arrangements with florist, photographer/ videographer, musicians, transportation and men’s formalwear provider Write toasts/speeches for the rehearsal dinner and/or reception Arrange for someone to house and/or pet-sit while you’re on your honeymoon Create gift baskets for out-of-town guests (optional)

1 week before: Wax eyebrows and/or bikini line (optional)

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Confirm honeymoon arrangements and give hotel phone numbers and itinerary to a family member Confirm final number of guests and seating plan with caterer; print place cards (optional) Prepare envelopes with payments for the officiant and other vendors; ask a trusted friend to hold on to all contracts and payments on the wedding day Delegate important 'day-of' responsibilities to trusted individuals (transporting items to and from the site, set up and clean up, etc.) Pack for the honeymoon Have dresses steamed and picked up Pick up menswear Wear your shoes around the house to avoid blisters on the big day

The day before: Visit reception site to make sure all is in order Deliver gift baskets to hotel for out-of-town guests Get manicure/pedicure Enjoy the rehearsal and dinner

Wedding day: Eat, no matter how busy you are Don’t forget keys, payments, rings, speeches, marriage licence or money Do something special for YOU (massage, bubble bath, yoga or a walk) Sit back and be pampered Have fun and enjoy this special day


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Hana & Shayne Gr a n d C ay ma n I sla n d | ju n e 23, 2015

The Background… Hana immigrated to Canada from the Czech Republic with her family in her early years and was raised in Calgary, where she eventually pursued her career in Dental Hygiene. Shayne, who is now a small business owner in the construction industry, moved to Calgary in 2005.

The Meeting… Hana and Shayne met through Shayne’s sister, who is now affectionately known as their matchmaker. Shayne’s sister became Hana’s neighbour in 2005, which was coincidentally the year that Shayne started to visit his sister more often. It was no secret that Shayne had his eye on Hana, and since he couldn’t muster up the courage to approach her himself, he was constantly asking his sister to set them up. It wasn’t until 2009 that Shayne’s sister offered his electrical services to Hana while she was in the middle of home renovations. “I knew we hit it off because it took him about six months to complete the wiring, and we’ve been together ever since,” Hana gushed.

The Proposal… When it came to the engagement, Hana was expecting it to happen in the near future. “We always knew our plan was to get married – I even told him which ring to buy”, Hana joked. One night in March 2013, Shayne made plans to go out for a nice dinner with Hana, and she had a feeling that it was going to be the night. Sure enough, Hana’s intuition proved true when Shayne popped the question at their home even before leaving for dinner as he just couldn’t wait any longer.

The Wedding… Hana and Shayne were married at the Grand Old House on Grand Cayman Island. They had previously travelled to the island several times to visit Hana’s parents, and raved that they “simply fell in love with Grand Cayman”. It’s only fitting that when the time came to choose a destination for their wedding, Grand Cayman was the only option. The Grand Old House, a plantation turned elegant waterfront restaurant with a beautiful seaside patio, created the perfect setting for Hana and Shayne’s romantic wedding. Guests stayed in the Grandview Condos, and the couple saw each other

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for the first time on the day in the property’s prime real estate on the Seven Mile Beach. The 40 guests witnessed the couple’s vows right next to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.

The Feast… Acclaimed as one of the finest restaurants in Grand Cayman, the award-winning Grand Old House treated Hana and Shayne’s guests to a feast to remember. Guests were able to choose from three distinct yet delectable choices for each course. To start, they had the choice of tropical mixed greens, a special soup of the day, or crab cakes with fresh pineapple and mango garnish. The entrees offered were a fresh catch of the day, barbequed chicken, or a hearty grilled New York steak. Finally, to top it all off and satisfy the sweet tooth, guests indulged in delicious vanilla wedding cake accented with a light lemon filling.

And the bride wore… Hana was breathtaking in Sottero & Midgley’s Campbell from their 2014 collection. It fit her perfectly from the sweetheart neckline to the ruched bodice, and fell beautifully into a satin fit-and-flare silhouette.

And the groom sported… Shayne looked dashing in a black Calvin Klein slim fit suit, which was uniquely accented with a yellow tie to compliment the bridesmaids' dresses.

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The Honeymoon… Hana and Shayne chose to stay in Grand Cayman for an extra week after the wedding and enjoy their time alone. “It was perfect because we were already there, and didn’t have to worry about travelling after a hectic wedding week,” Hana says.

Parting words from the Bride… “Go with the flow, and don’t get caught up in the little details. It’s just one day, so take it in stride.”

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Trinidad & Tobago

More than

just Carnival

Long crowned as the home of carnival in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago has entrenched a global brand focused around its annual celebration. Pulsating rhythms and a kaleidoscope of colours each year attracts thousands of happy participants to one of the greatest parties on earth. Just the mention of the twin island state would evoke a sense of liming, the Queens Park Savannah, and J'ouvert. For those not making the pilgrimage to play ‘Mas’ the destination has a lot more to offer all year round.


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he island of Trinidad is the busy cosmopolitan center of the two islands. Just 11km off the coast of Venezuela the destination boasts daily flights from Toronto, London and several US cities as well as seasonal charters from other parts of Europe. There are a myriad of attractions just outside of the capital Port-of-Spain. Fort George is situated on the hills to the North of St. James overlooking the Gulf of Paria. The fort built in 1804, was part of a complex of fortifications with spectacular views of Port of Spain and the sea. In addition to the beautiful vista, one can see the original cannons, dungeons, artifacts of the day and a signal station. This is a spectacular location not just for taking your wedding pictures but to have your ceremony as the sun lowers into the Caribbean Sea. One of the most magical places you will see anywhere in the world is the Gasparee Caves. Located just a short boat trip to Gasparee Island is the home of a spectacular cave system. Large caverns with stalactites and stalagmites surround you as you descend into the caves. The crowning part of the tour is to discover the large pool lit perfectly from a sinkhole at the top of the cave. It seems almost mystical as the shimmer of the water reflects off the walls. A dip in the cool water is an experience you will never forget. In the evening it is time to hit Ariapita Avenue. This is where you get a sense of the vibrant nightlife and a piece of carnival all year round. There is everything here from small local bars to high-end lounges to cater to all crowds. Late night partying in Trinidad also means street food so sample the fried fish, doubles and corn soup. One of the things any visitor must do to say they have visited Trinidad is to visit Maracas Bay. Besides being a great place to swim and sunbathe it is also the place to indulge in the famous shark and bake. Morsels of fresh fish are placed in a fried bread and topped with a combination of sauces, fruit or vegetables. It is a delicious snack that goes well with a Stag, one of the local beers. It is worth a drive south of the city to look for the famous Temple-in-the-Sea which is a Hindu temple built by one man. The story is of a poor Indian labourer that constructed

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a first temple on the seashore in 1947. It was demolished because it had been built on private property and he was arrested. On his release he subsequently decided to build the temple in the sea. It took him 25 years to build singlehandedly and besides the engineering genius it is a testament of human determination and courage. For the nature enthusiast a magical experience is a trip to the Caroni Bird Santuary. First explore the twisting mangrove by small boat as you meander under large canopies. Here you will get up close to several birds, exotic trees and even the occasional snake sunbathing in a tree. This is all the path to get you to the large open lake where you can wait patiently for the daily sunset show of hundreds of scarlet ibises returning home to nest in the trees. A cacophony of sounds and bright colours of the national bird is worth every moment of the journey. It is easy to get married here in any type of religious or nonreligious ceremony. One of the unique things about the island is that it offers all of the necessities to have a Hindu wedding. Besides the religious venues you also have access to authentic entertainment, food and all the other logistics for an authentic celebration. Just next door is the serene sister island of Tobago. It is amazingly easy to get from Trinidad to Tobago. There is a short 25 min flight available that costs $50 USD return and there are over a dozen daily flight times to choose from. Your other option is the ferry, which takes two and a half hours, and there are three departures daily for $17 USD return. The island offers an array of accommodations from luxury resorts and villas to charming boutique hotels. The villas at Stonehaven is a collection of 14 luxury properties nestled on a lush hillside. These spacious holiday villas planned on two floors, include three double bedrooms to accommodate up to 6 adults which can be booked as a One, Two or Three Bedroom option, making it an ideal choice for families on vacation, friends on a getaway or couples on a romantic retreat. Each villa comes with a housekeeper who can even prepare breakfast for you in the morning at no additional charge. It is just a short walk to the beach or you can stay in and relax at your own



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private swimming pool. Enjoy a candle-lit dinner with your partner while marveling at the stunning ocean views from the terrace. The restaurant is also the perfect spot for a quick and casual lunch after a morning at the beach or pool. The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort is nestled in the Tobago Plantations Estate, a community of luxury Tobago suites and villas around the Tobago Plantations' 18 hole PGA designed championship golf course. Situated along two and a half miles of beach and beautiful coastline the grounds offer nature trails and canopy walks. Le Grand Courlan Hotel is another excellent accommodation on the island. Located on Stonehaven Bay you have full access to this magnificent beach for daytime sunbathing and sunset strolls. The spacious dining room with full views of the ocean reminds everyone you are in paradise. There is staff onsite as well that can help with your wedding day coordination or planning events for your guests. For such a small island there is still a lot to keep you busy. The diving in Tobago is world class. The waters around Tobago support approximately 300 different species of coral, including staghorn, elkhorn, fire coral, giant tube sponges and starlet coral. There is also a broad range of reefs, rock pillars, wrecks and extravagant undersea gardens filled with giant sea fans, whips and plumes. The Main Ridge Forest Reserve is the oldest legally protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere and the crowning glory of Tobago due to its amazing history of environmental protection. This gem is home to half of the island’s avian population making it a favourite destination for bird watchers and hikers. Conveniently located at Pigeon Point is The Heritage Pavilion. This facility makes it perfect to have your wedding on the sand and then just five steps into your air-conditioned reception still keeping the aquatic backdrop and coconut palms in view. This facility has approximately 6,000 sq. ft. of functional space intended to meet a variety of needs. The land of calypso and steelpan is also the land of many hidden gems and magical experiences. It is time you truly discovered the beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

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Custom-made Hearts


hese hearts were created in response to readers and online followers who fell in love with Preston's larger Valentine Day designs. Many have called and written in asking for smaller scale designs to surprise loved ones and to use in proposals. The hearts are 9"x10" and covered in faceted rhinestone beads and decorated with red ruby or silver crystals. These are the first of several limitededition pieces Preston plans to put out through the year. All of the pieces come with a personalized Valentine message from Preston who stresses that the holiday is about celebrating the love in your life even if you have yet to meet the love of your life. To or de r pl e as e call 212.741.9 40 0 for de t ails.

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caribbean bride Chaenara O’Brien August 15, 2015 Maraval, Trinidad Andrew and I got married at Estate 101 in Maraval, Trinidad and had 220 guests. What I will remember most from my wedding is listening to the speeches, especially by both fathers. Besides the usual comical moments, the sentiments shared by both parents inspired a new sense of appreciation of this new phase of our lives. Not to mention the maid of honour and best man made us cry throughout theirs! Really stay true to your vision and what you want for your day with your new husband. Whilst a wedding is an awesome event to include countless family and friends, the details of this major milestone are mainly going to be remembered by you and your significant other. When you look back at the pictures, you want to be able to say, this is what I dreamed of from the moment this all started. I’d do it the same way again if I could!

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El Conquistador Resort T h e p e r f e c t l o c at i o n f o r the Epicurean couple by dav e cox


he sound of salsa greets me as I step off the plane and it immediately makes me smile. Welcome to Puerto Rico! A short 40min drive from Luis Munoz International and we arrive at El Conquistador Resort a Waldorf Astoria property. Although not a new name as it was initially opened since 1928, it was a mainstay for many high profile guests right up to the 70s when it closed for a short while. The property was renovated and reopened in 1993 and with the Las Casitas villa resort included on the 100,000 sq ft property. It features a full spa, 24 hr. gym, tennis courts, shops and an Arthur Hills designed golf course. When reviewing resorts we always are on the lookout for the unique offering for a destination bride. In a market with a myriad of fabulous hotels set on idyllic beachfront locations 36 . caribbean bride

in exotic locations it sometimes is hard to pick favourites. With the Conquistador Resort we expected its service and amenities would be that edge but after the first day it became glaringly obvious that although those things were there we were in a foodie’s dream location. Food here isn’t something to do between dips in the five pools, it really is the highlight of your long days here. With a team of highly trained culinary experts, this resort provides dining experiences better than most you would have ever experienced. Executive Chef Ernie Reyes has worked in restaurants all over the world and has brought his culinary influences to the resort. With 23 eateries on the property there is sure to be something for everyone. The thing we loved is that the culinary team can accommodate any request www.caribbeanbride.com

for a wedding. Any allergy or preference can be catered to. So from gluten free meals to kosher kitchens and authentic indian cuisine the staff can do it all. Breakfast at Las Brisas offers a full buffet of hot and cold options. There is everything from cereals to pancakes, local fresh fruit, pastries and an omelet station. My favourite item is the acai berry bowl topped with strawberries, banana, chia seeds and local bee pollen. It is packed with all the nutrients you need to start your day. In the Iguana's Cafe on Palomino Island we try the cerviche served in a coconut shell. The tender flavour of the fish still comes through augmented by the fresh cilantro, peppers and red onions. Then the red snapper delivered fresh every day to the resort is served whole with mofongo a local dish made from green plantains and chorizzo. The team here is very accommodating and quick to adapt dishes. One of the guests who really liked the presentation of the cerviche wanted to know if there was anything similar with chicken‌


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the kitchen quickly sent out a take with grilled chicken and fresh mango salsa in the signature coconut shell bowl much to the delight of the guest. No lunch here is complete without the signature Palomino adventure made from coconut, rum and sunshine! If you didn’t venture out to the island for the day then you could enjoy the café next to the pool and the shrimp on arepas and the fish tacos are a must! The perfect accompaniment would be the coconut sangria. Dinner is worth getting dressed up for as you are in for a show of true culinary artistry. On our first night we experienced Chops Steak house in their private dining room which is ideal for smaller weddings as it can seat 50 guests. The lobster bisque was the perfect start to the entrée of steak with seasonal vegetables. The twist was it came with a side of mofongo made tableside. This local dish is a mix of fried green plantains, chorizo and local spices. If you have managed to leave any room at all for dessert then standby for liftoff. The pastry team really try to outdo themselves by continually updating the menu. For some reason I picture a small dark room with a group of mad culinary scientists scheming up recipes and presentations for the guests. Chocolate mousse topped with coffee foam, a 24 layer chocolate cake, tres leches, guava soufflé will all cross your paths at some point. If you are watching calories then eat now and then head to the lap pool or a hike to relieve any guilt! The bonus serving at the resort is the mixologist on staff. Don’t expect the typical resort bartender but rather experts like Heidi Orndoff the bartender from Chops Steakhouse. who is now in the top 10 in the island wide cocktail competition with her Luna Fresada. The staff can easily dream up the perfect signature cocktail to go with your wedding. Always trying to use local and seasonal ingredients. I was cautious but won over by the pumpkin martini just in time for Halloween. El Conquistador Resort will leave you stuffed of great experiences and meals. Be warned that years from now your guests may not remember the style of your gown nor the song for your first dance but chances are they will remember vividly more than just one dish they had at your wedding! Buen provecho!


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Lucky 13

C oli n C owi e n e t wor ks wi t h som e of t h e be s t e v e n t pla n n e r s i n t h e r e gion


e recently hosted our inaugural Lucky 13 event in Barbados at the luxurious One Sandy Lane Estate. The property tour followed by a gourmet lunch brought together some of the region's and North America's most creative and talented wedding planners along with special guest and celebrity planner Colin Cowie. The event allowed wedding professionals to network in an intimate setting unlike any other event in the Caribbean. Guests of our magazine flew in from all over the Caribbean including Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands, Antigua, Trinidad as well as Toronto, Canada. As part of the event, the group of only 13 professionals was granted full access to both Colin Cowie and his wealth of wedding planning experience and to explore the exclusive One Sandy Lane property. Famed for its clients like Rihanna and Oprah, One Sandy Lane is known as the Caribbean’s preeminent hot spot for celebrities and high net worth individuals who demand an unparalleled level of service. The Lucky 13 group was treated to a champagne reception in one of the impeccably decorated 10,000 sq. ft. suites perfectly handcrafted by artisans from around the world. Our event aimed to create connections between wedding and

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event planners across the Caribbean and North America while showcasing the very best of Barbados. “It is through collaborative efforts and knowledge sharing that, as a region, we can improve our romance offerings and truly delight couples from all over the world,” commented Caribbean Bride’s Publisher, Dave Cox. Planners were inspired by intimate conversations with Colin Cowie, wedding planner of the stars. The charismatic design guru has curated luxurious weddings and events for the who’s who of Hollywood and the royal families of the Middle East, authored several books and has certainly seen it all in his career. Colin stated, “One Sandy Lane is an amazing property that is perfect for hosting an unforgettable wedding. If was great to sit and chat with so many talented planners and share my experiences of working around the world with the group.” A custom farm to table menu was created for the three-course lunch by local chefs Javy Porte and Jason Mellowes and included roasted lamb lollipops, red wine and thyme braised duck salad, and roasted chicken and avocado risotto with saffron foam. The group enjoyed world-class wines overlooking the turquoise beauty of the Caribbean Sea and fabulous cake artistry by local


cake maker Esther James wowed the guests and brought high praises from Colin and the other wedding professionals. Top wedding planner in the Cayman Islands JoAnne V Brown of Celebrations Ltd. remarked she was blown away by the venue and the chance to make meaningful connections with other progressive and creative planners. “I was so excited to be selected as one of the Lucky 13 – the opportunity to expand into other luxury offerings of the Caribbean could not have come at a better time. I look forward to the endless possibilities.” Lucky 13 attendees did not leave empty handed. Luxury brand Burberry presented special gifts to each participant and hosted a private cocktail reception following the lunch at their Limegrove store. Guests also received cosmetics from Mereadesso and a limited edition bottle of the special reserve Clifton Hall Great House rum. The daylong event ended with a tour of the historic Clifton Hall Estate where the wedding specialists were able to explore the historical charm and unique architecture of the property. While sipping owner Massimo Franchi’s signature rum punch, the group was enthralled by the story of how Clifton Hall rum came to bear its name. Our magazine has a passion for creating opportunities and lasting partnerships for wedding professionals in the region. We are happy to announce that talks are already underway with other luxury properties and brands for future events in the Caribbean. The event was produced by Toronto based media solutions agency Digital Coconut.


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Amanda & Lauren P U NT A C A N A , D OM I N IC A N RE P U BL IC | NOVE M BER 7, 2015

The Background… Amanda is an office manager at a civil trial law firm and the Chief Business Development Officer at the marketing firm Keenability in Boca Raton, Florida. Lauren (Lori) is a singer, songwriter and guitarist in her own band. She is also a travel agent representative in a hotel sales department.

The Meeting… The couple started chatting on social media and found each other so intriguing that they eventually met up shortly after in person. They were sure their paths would have crossed eventually as they have many mutual friends.

The Proposal… Although they met and fell in love in 2006 they didn’t officially become a couple until three years later. “I proposed to Lori first at midnight on New Years Eve 2013 at home with some of our close friends. When the clock struck 12, I kissed her and slipped the ring on her finger. Lori proposed right back on June that year at dinner. She took me out for sushi and had a special message and the ring hidden in a fortune cookie,” recalls Amanda.

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The Wedding… They always knew they wanted a destination wedding. “We have friends from all over so figured since most of the guests would be travelling anyway lets make it somewhere fun!” says Lori. They chose the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana for their dream wedding. The luxurious resort in the Dominican Republic boasts 13 pools, 9 restaurants, a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, a spa and a casino. Both had visited the property several times before and knew the quality of service, great amenities and food would be something all their guests would enjoy. Having a same sex wedding as well they wanted to work with Hard Rock Hotels as they knew they would feel comfortable and get all of the attention they deserved. Choosing between the nine offerings of the exclusive Colin Cowie Collection they choose the Elegant Ivory package. Subtle floral hues and a shimmering translucent background added the finishing touches to a flawless beach ceremony. “We wanted our wedding to look elegant and graceful but with a relaxed vibe. I think we captured that,” says Lauren.

The Feast… We decided to keep it casual with a buffet style dinner. 
The menu included potato & Italian sausage salad, pasta and vegetable salad with Genovese pesto, serrano ham, chorizo and salami, lasagna bolognese, saltimbocca alla romana, fish fillet alla livornese, lamb ribs with sage and limes, Florentine spinach,
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And the Brides wore… Amanda wore a Galina Signature romantic chiffon sheath gown with an illusion back purchased by David's Bridal and Lori wore the Edna gown by La Sposa Barcelona purchased at J Del Olmo Bridal.

Honeymoon… The couple spent another seven days at the Hard Rock Punta Cana after the wedding to just relax. It was a great way for them to just spend some time with the family and friends that stayed on a few extra days and also to take advantage of the array of activities at the property.

Parting words from the Brides… Amanda and Lori’s advice to other brides is simple. There is a lot of planning that goes into a wedding and even more so with a destination wedding. They strongly recommend don't sweat the small details or let weather get in the way of you having a good time. Enjoy it for what it is, a really big party!

Congratulations to Amanda and Lauren our first same sex couple featured in Caribbean Bride!

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ALL YOUR OWN The all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels of Mexico and the Dominican Republic proudly welcome the LGBT community to proclaim your love on the picturesque sands of paradise. Customize your wedding experience and infuse your personal style with any of 9 spectacular collections by celebrity event designer Colin Cowie — including a COMPLIMENTARY COLLECTION* featuring gorgeous designs at no additional charge. Choose your look and location and let us handle the details. Our Wedding Specialists can book rooms, arrange events, and manage all the ins and outs of planning a destination wedding. Keep the fun in full swing after the wedding with 3 signature Honeymoon Packages including the COMPLIMENTARY HONEYMOON PACKAGE, which comes standard. We’ll even set you up with $1,800 LIMITLESS RESORT CREDIT** to spend it anyway you want: unlimited golf, nearby attractions, or even a couples massage at the legendary Rock Spa® — it’s up to you. For more information, visit hrhweddings.com or call 855.762.5255.

*Additional restrictions apply. **A 20% service fee will apply over the final price of all transactions using the Limitless Resort Credit promotion on all services or products available at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana and Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta. Service fee can only be paid with cash, room charge and credit card. Service fee cannot be paid with the remaining Limitless Resort Credit promotion balance. Other restrictions may apply. Please refer to website for full Terms and Conditions.


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Windjammer Landing by By K at y a L i n i nskay a


aint Lucia has long been known as one of the most romantic destinations in the Caribbean. Whether you are looking for a honeymoon, romantic getaway, rejuvenation or adventure this is an island you are sure to enjoy. It’s lush natural landscape, untouched rainforest, waterfalls, and secluded beaches are the right mix for a trip of a lifetime. There is an authenticity here that is as evident as the magnificent Piton Mountains. There are loads of things to do and see packed on this small island of 617 km2. Castries Market, voted one of the top 10 markets in the world by National Geographic, is a great place to see the rich heritage of the island as it bustles with its daily activities. The Sulphur Springs dubbed as the only ‘drive in volcano’ in the world is perfect for the naturalist. A walk through the crater takes you

past pools and hot springs bubbling and belching with sulphurladen steam. You can even bathe in the warm water loaded with minerals, which reportedly carry many medicinal benefits. Mix this all with breath-taking views and friendly locals and you have the recipe for a holiday destination unlike any other. One of the top spots in this destination is the WindJammer Landing Villa Beach Resort. Just 30 minutes drive from Hewanorra International Airport this villa style property is neatly nestled on the side of a hill giving most rooms a spectacular ocean view. The spacious property includes a gym, tennis court and even a kid’s centre with babysitting services for those in your wedding party travelling with kids.

If you aren’t lucky enough to get married here then honeymooning is more than enough reason to travel to the WindJammer Landing. It is one of those places where you can be totally busy with water sports, hiking, yoga classes and island adventures or simply do nothing and lay on the beautiful white sand beach next to turquoise water. You can be free to indulge in a couples massage, private candlelit dinner or champagne breakfast in the sumptuous privacy of your villa or suite. The romantic pace of your honeymoon here is up to you. The food adds a great touch to your romantic trip at the property. You have the option of having a meal plan, a-la-carte dining or even a private chef at your villa. You can get familiar items like pastas and steaks but if you want to taste authentic Caribbean food this is the place to try it. Bold Caribbean flavours mixed with local organic ingredients will make every meal one of the highlights of your day. One of the unique touches is that the menu includes mostly locally grown produce and some items are even grown on property. Whether you are on your honeymoon, renewing your vows, or simply seeking a well-deserved romantic getaway, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort offers a combination of adventure, pampering and privacy that will make you want to stay in paradise forever.


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EOS Gown

the right amount of coverage in all the right places.

By Julie Vino

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Channel the Sea by a n dr e a low n B old m e tallics mi x e d wi t h de licat e lac e , t ull e as ligh t as ai r a n d ge n t l e s e a- i nspi r e d colou r s c r e at e a look e v e n a m e r maid ca n no t compe t e wi t h .

Bridal Look

BETTE Aqua Duchess Roll Clutch by Amanda Pearl

Adelina Cuff by Stella & Dot

C h a m pa g n e S pa r k l e H e e l s by BHLDN

Hannah Chandeliers by Stella & Dot


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from Beach to Bar Beach Honeymoon Look

Solid Indigo Kim Short Dress by ViX Paula Hermanny

Baby Beach Sunglasses by Maui Jim

Pa r a d i s e Square Silk Scarf by Vince Camuto


R a s p b e r ry Tote by Michael Kors

Miss Albright C u t O u t F l at s by Anthropologie

See more of our fashion looks at www.pinterest.com/caribbeanbride

Add a pop of colour to your layered look

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caribbean bride Sasha Bravin December 1, 2015 Barbados Richard and I had a tumultuous two-year affair before things got serious. We were both recovering from break-ups by traveling around the world, so sometimes we’d choose a spot to rendezvous – in southern Spain, at Burning Man, in New York. Finally, one such rendezvous ended in us deciding to move in together in San Francisco. A year later, one casual evening at home, Richard asked for my hand. We knew we wanted to elope on a beach and chose The Crane Resort in Barbados for our wedding. I wore a light, beaded beach dress and jewelry from my friends at Yael Designs. Because it was just the two of us and an officiant, we held our ceremony in an unusual spot on a cliff on the Crane Beach. We wrote our own vows and even though we had no guests, they felt very meaningful. Afterward, we took photos around clifftop ruins nearby and came back to the Crane Hotel for a delicious, private dinner outside. It was intimate and perfect.

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Clifton Hall Great House A unique setting for a d e s t i n at i o n w e d d i n g


e asked. You said yes. It is now time to focus on your biggest decision after picking a destination, the venue. It is the first and probably most important decision in your planning process because all the other wedding elements from your dress to décor and catering will flow once you select your space. There are many things to consider when finding an inspiring space to create your dream destination wedding. How many guests are you having? What is your general look or theme? Would you prefer to be inside or outside for vows and reception? Do you require accommodations at the venue for close family and friends? With answers to these questions you can narrow down your choices and determine which fit your budget and are available for your preferred dates. One of the unique things in the Caribbean is the availability of historic plantation homes. Magnificent architecture and stately yards bare testament to the time of the plantocracy that maintained large estates for the production of cotton and later sugar cane. Unfortunately over the years many of these homes have fallen into disrepair and have been knocked down. Others have been converted into museums and shops. Clifton Great House, home of the owners of Clifton Hall Plantation in St. John, Barbados is an impressive example of a historic restoration that will be enjoyed for many years to come. A fantastic venue for all kinds of celebrations, it features awe-inspiring spaces both inside and out

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as well as accommodations. The Great House was reportedly built around 1656 and belonged to Prince Ferdinando Paleologus, having immigrated to Barbados after fighting for the Royalists during the English Civil war in Cromwell’s time. Prince Ferdinando brought the name Clifton Hall with him from his birthplace in Cornwall, England. After years of neglect the property was close to ruin until new owners purchased it. In 2009 it was bought by Massimo & Karen Franchi who decided to take on an ambitious restoration of the property. They both had a passion to restore Clifton Hall Great House to its former glory. This Great House consists of a generous proportioned two storey front section, with a magnificent arcaded verandah on three sides and a double staircase to a central pedimented porch. The entire house is over 13,500 square feet. The House contains six bedrooms, most with en suite bathrooms. The adjacent cottage boasts two further bedrooms. The new owners were careful to upgrade the House with modern conveniences without devaluing the historic authenticity of the mansion. Italian marble used on the spacious verandah is said to have come from Massa Carrara in Tuscany, Italy close to Massimo’s family roots. These floors are mixed with local stone from a nearby beach in the artisanal designed showers in the rooms. Clifton Great House is not only a beautiful backdrop for your wedding it is also extremely functional. Firstly it can be used as the location for your

rehearsal dinner. Having a catered meal in the historic dining room using antique silver from the plantation will be quite a regal affair. The luxurious verandahs are perfects for a cocktail reception and mingling as well. The spacious lawns surrounding the house are a wedding designer's dream palette for ceremonies through to receptions. Local wedding planner Emma Corrie of Emma Corrie Designs states, “It lends itself to a bride with imagination. In past weddings there I have built an arch under the gigantic mahogany trees, constructed a dance floor under the stars and even hosted a ceremony at the top the magnificent staircase at the front of the House.” Celebrations at Clifton Hall can go on as long as guests are still enjoying themselves, as there are no nearby neighbours to hear your live band play! Connoisseurs of fine spirits will rave about Clifton Hall’s signature rum. Produced in exclusive quantities, each bottle is numbered and signed by Massimo himself. This high-end rum is a perfect bridal party gift or can be used in a signature cocktail at the reception. If you are looking for something different than a destination wedding on a beach then the historical Clifton Hall Great House may be the place for you. Its old world charm and striking architecture will provide the backdrop for exceptional wedding pictures capturing memories of your unique and unforgettable wedding in paradise.



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Jennifer & Carlo V e r a n da h r e sort & spa | nov e mbe r 12, 2014

The Background… Jennifer was born in Toronto, after which her family moved to Vancouver, where she was raised. After returning to Toronto, Jennifer became a Personal Trainer and now spends most of her time working hard at the gym. Carlo, also born and raised in Toronto, is a police Tow Operator and has several unique hobbies, including boxing and restoring classic automobiles.

The Meeting… Both Jennifer and Carlo are very health conscious, so it’s only fitting that their first meeting was at the gym. They shared a common acquaintance who introduced them to each other in 2010. After getting to know one another, they were certain that there was a special connection between them and began dating shortly after.

The Proposal… Carlo had planned a wonderful vacation to St. Maarten for Jennifer, his brothers and their girlfriends in February of 2014. One of the excursions he planned was a private catamaran tour of the island for their group. During the tour, the catamaran made a rest stop in one of the bays, where Carlo and Jennifer slipped away for some alone time, and in that perfect setting on the shores of St. Maarten, Carlo proposed to Jennifer. “It was perfect,” she fondly recalls.

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The Wedding… Jennifer and Carlo were wed in beautiful Antigua. ”We have a lot of family out west and it was really important to us to bring everyone together to allow them to mingle,” Jennifer says. Where better for everyone to come together than the Verandah Resort & Spa, a large yet intimate property on the island's northern coast. The ceremony was romantic on one of the property’s beaches, while the reception was off the resort at The Inn at English Harbour, situated cliff side overlooking the marina. The reception was filled with fun, including dancing, steel drums, and a DJ – so much fun that the restaurant Manager said, “He had never seen a party like that!” laughed Carlo.

The Feast… Guests were treated to a mouthwatering banquet at the Terrace Restaurant. “We have a family of food critics, so we knew we had to feed them well,” Jennifer jokes. Guests got off to a delicious start with their choice of lobster bisque, tenderloin sashimi, or a roulade of parma ham. The lavish main course followed, allowing guests to make the difficult decision of choosing between delectable grilled snapper, pork tenderloin, or grilled duck breast. The dessert menu included banana creme brulee and Caribbean inspired wedding fruitcake.


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And the Bride wore… Jennifer was stunning in a Pronovias Barcelona mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline.

And the Groom sported… Carlo was handsome in a beige linen slim cut suit from Zara, which was perfect for the island heat.

The Honeymoon… Just after their guests left, Jennifer and Carlo jetted off to Saint Lucia, where they spent a week in sheer luxury. It was a great way to wind down from all the planning and just enjoy each other.

Parting words from the Bride… “Dreams do come true!”

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Added Essentials THE

As the groom most guys have resigned themselves as just the accessory to the main attraction, the bride. However lately there has been a major push in men’s fashion and more and more men are starting to not just pick up a suit but spend the time to coordinate a stunning outfit. Some grooms are recognizing it is also their day to shine (although outwardly admitting that to your loved one may not be such a good idea!) Here is a collection of accessories to transform you from ‘that guy with the bride’ to a dapper destination groom.

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Ties and bows by Bows n Ties You are sure to find a wide array of colours and prints to match any vision of palette. Don’t forget the tiebars!

Lapel pins by Ellis Essentials All made by hand, these pins are a perfect way to sync some colour from the bride’s colour palette and can be totally customized for your taste.

The Travel Bag by Monte and Co. This handmade bag makes a stylish statement when you arrive. It easily fits your laptop, camera, your duty free purchases and the rings!


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Bracelets by Sovereign and Saint Black Label This collection features semi-precious black onyx gemstone beads and 14k gold filled beads, centered by a gold filled champagne bead on a hand knotted nylon cord with macramĂŠ slide clasp.

Skull This piece features a .925 silver plated black diamond Swarovski crystal rondelles and black labradorite semi-precious gemstone beads anchored by a Hades skull in silver.

Gold Anchor The anchor is a popular symbol and is masculine and oceanic in nature. This piece features a 22k gold plated anchor and two 22k gold plated rondelles surrounded by semi-precious snowflake lapis gemstone beads.

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caribbean bride Patty Varekamp August 8, 2015 Jan Thiel, Curaรงao Fokke and I live on the beautiful island of Curaรงao. We are both born and raised in the Netherlands, but five years ago we left our rainy homeland and moved to this beautiful sunny island. The part of our wedding I will remember most is the moment I was walking down the aisle next to my father, arm in arm. It was such an emotional and blissful moment. My advice to brides is to contact local people on the island where you are getting married to help you organize your wedding. They know all the best vendors and can sometimes even get you better prices. And on the day itself, enjoy! Enjoy all of your loved ones there to share your day and most of all enjoy every moment with your new husband! Photo: Theo Meijer Photography


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t o fa s h i o n by Tomas Romi ta


e always hear the wedding is all about the bride. It is her big day and the groom is just her most valuable accessory. Fortunately this is a mantra not believed by more and more of a group of grooms. They believe the spotlight is equally theirs and we tend to agree. Here is what you need to know to turn some heads at your wedding. 1) When deciding on the look for the wedding, we like to look at a variety of factors: - The personality of the groom and the couple – is he a flashy type who is comfortable with colour and standing out, or more classic and refined. This dictates what styles and colours to pull, and where they can be incorporated, ie. in the suit vs the accessories. - the setting – is it on the beach or specific landscape, what season will it be and what colours will be in the surroundings - the style and colours of the wedding – decorations, bridesmaids dresses, accent colours – these can often help with accessories. 2) A suit, jacket, or any tailored menswear outfit, they all hinge on fit. Without it, no matter how stylish the accessories, or fabric colours, the outfit falls flat. This is one of the most memorable/monumental days of your life, and will be remembered, and celebrated for years to come. A custom garment not only ensures you look your absolute best in terms of styling, and fit, but it allows for an enjoyable experience leading up to the big day: -

it is an investment that lasts well beyond the wedding, vs other wedding expenditures - there is no searching store to store, rack to rack for a garment that works with all of your requirements, then going to a tailor to alter it, you can go to one destination to create the exact thing you are looking for - ensures the couple can incorporate all/as much of the wedding theme, colour scheme, and personal details in the look, as oppose to the tradeoffs experienced in off the rack.

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3) Warmer climates present the opportunity for two key introductions: - lighter fabrics including summer-weight wools, linen blends, and other more breathable fabrics. Don't think you only have to go for linen, the right light-weight wool can be just as breathable if tailored properly. - Brighter and more vibrant colours – typically tropical destinations have brighter colours, and these can be pulled in and incorporated into the look. 4) Do: - plan ahead – remember that looking great takes work. You don't have to do it all yourself, but get the ball rolling early by sourcing out great custom companies well in advance, visiting them to see their fabrics and options, and making your decision on your tailor and your ultimate wedding-day wardrobe well in advance. There are other items like shoes, groomsmen gifts, hairstyling/ grooming, that will come up last minute so do yourself a favour and aim to get started a few months out. - be bold! – dont be afraid of options like colour. Pull in accents that will make your look one of a kind such as bright/vibrant pops of colour in the accessories and potentially your garment fabrics. You will be glad you did over the years when you look back at the pictures and reminisce. Don't: - leave your look to the last minute (see above) - over estimate the heat factor and let that limit you. Yes you are going to a warmer climate, but that doesnt mean you can't or shouldn't wear a jacket. Most wedding ceremonies will happen with plenty of breeze, so avoid timing it at the hottest point of the day. Trust your tailor's advice on the right look and remember you can always take off parts of your outfit as the night proceeds.


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j u s t b r e at h e A




by a n dr e a low n

The minute we set foot on the island of Bequia, we realized we had stumbled upon a hidden gem. With every breath another worry floated away on the calm ocean breeze. The island has a light hearted way of transporting you back in time to a simpler existence.

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equia’s quintessential old world charm is becoming a rarity in the Caribbean as more and more world travelers and honeymooners alike explore the region demanding every manner of modern conveniences and amenities that often come in the form of large resorts. On par with other islands, Bequia offers an abundance of raw beauty, elegance and luxury but earns its ‘true diamond in the rough’ status for what it lacks rather than a laundry list of niceties. You will not find gargantuan resorts, unwieldy tour buses and cookie cutter excursions. Instead discover secluded beaches and meandering roads unveiling unexpected adventures and stunning views. Like the island itself, hotels here are small and intimate lending themselves to private vacations for two. Being slightly off the beaten path, the island of Bequia has all the ingredients for a unique and unforgettable honeymoon. A combination of spectacular scenery, a laid back vibe and just enough to see and do give couples a chance to relax, recuperate and concentrate on nothing but one another. The most direct route to this honeymooners paradise is

a quick flight from Barbados, Grenada or Trinidad. This extra travel leg is the reason Bequia is relatively undiscovered by most. Another option is to enjoy the spectacular views arriving by ferry from St. Vincent. We smiled at the animated conversations of Bequia’s school children during their daily commute to the main island of St. Vincent. Winding your way up the steep wooded hillsides of the island you will marvel at the untouched flora and fauna and increasingly impressive views of the beaches below. There are several romantic accommodations to choose from on the island ranging from private villas to small hotels. The largest of these options is Bequia Beach Hotel located on the never crowded Friendship Bay, a seemingly untouched stretch of magnificent beach. No detail is overlooked in the comfortable and beautifully decorated rooms including fresh milk and cream delivered daily for your tea and coffee. Delicious meals are served in either of two restaurants overlooking the sea with musical entertainment nightly. You can fill your days lounging by the pool, doing watersports or wandering down to the fishing village at the end of the beach to witness the skill of local boat builders and fisherman. Enjoy the unmatched views of Admiralty Bay dotted with


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sailboats and yachts from the breathtaking infinity pool perched on the hillside at Tropical Hideaway. Guests relish in the extremely private nature of Tropical Hideaway Villa featuring only a handful of suites expertly built into the cliff to provide maximum seclusion. Complete with kitchens, the unique rooms give honeymooners the option to make some meals on property as well as explore the island’s culinary offerings by rental car or taxi. For a different feel, Firefly Plantation offers only four rooms and one suite on their vast property. The enticing pool complete with raised cabana beds adds to the laid back nature of this property boasting 30 acres of lush tropical hillside where you can find cinnamon, a variety of exotic fruits and plants. The veranda restaurant provides cool shade and even board games to truly relax with your new spouse. Spacious and bright rooms are decorated with a modern island feel. You will immediately feel at home. Only six minutes from the capital Port Elizabeth, Spring House feels quite off the beaten path. Ten suites surround the fantastic pool in the center of the property. Exquisitely catered meals can be enjoyed as you admire the views from high above the sea. This intimate hotel can be used to host a small destination wedding of up to 20 guests for those who would like to combine wedding and honeymoon. The Spring House staff is attentive and caters to their guests every need. For quick visits into town, simply request the property’s on call driver or make use of your own rental car. Couples can plan a perfectly balanced honeymoon with just the right amount of adventure while still having time to enjoy the comforts of their accommodations and property. Depending on your preferred level of activity, you can plan a trip during the busy season to experience an energetic island feel including Bequia’s Mount Gay Music Fest and lively beach area at Lower Bay, or choose to visit from May to August when some resorts are closed but you will have the island all to yourselves.

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Bequia boasts many uncrowded beaches to enjoy. Industry Bay offers great snorkeling and a quaint beach bar for refreshments. Take a picnic bag and swim in the calm waters of idyllic Princess Margaret beach. True adventurers can scramble down to Ravine Bay, one of Bequia’s most hidden treasures not accessible by car, and even further on to witness a naturally formed blowhole. From Bequia you can also organize short sailing trips to nearby islands. You may wish to integrate a couple of days to stay on the water as you explore the other Grenadine islands of Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Carriacou and the Tobago Cays each unique in sights and vibe. For those who want adventure Bequia’s constant breeze is a treat for windsurfing and kitesurfing and there are 35 excellent dive sights to explore under the water. Bequia is a wonderfully laid back Caribbean island with pops of culture and local life where you can truly concentrate on starting your new lives together. A mix of secluded beaches, authentic local culture, luxurious accommodations and activities on land and sea allow honeymooners to make new memories. It is the perfect place for lovers to just discover each other.


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O u r S i g n at u r e C o c k ta i l by Trevor Burnett

A no t h e r gr e at way t o add a pe r son al t ouc h t o you r w e ddi ng is by h av i ng a cus t om cock tail for you r r ec e p t ion. I t ca n be a t wis t on a classic , a local favou r i t e , or jus t som e t h i ng i n t h e colou r t h e m e of you r w e ddi ng. H e r e is a de licious r e cipe you may e n joy.

Flaming Passion Daiquiri I ngr e di e n t s:

2oz Bacardi Superior rum Juice from half a lime 1oz *passion fruit syrup M e t hod:

Add all contents to a shaker over a heaping scoop of crushed ice. Shake well and dump all contents into a rocks glass. Garnish by resting the squeezed lime shell and a Bacardi 151 high proof rum soaked sugar cube on top. Light the sugar cube and serve.

*Passion fruit syrup can be made by heating equal parts passion fruit juice with sugar until the sugar dissolves. Let the liquid cool, bottle and refrigerate.

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the LAst dance by Dav e cox Publisher/Creative Director


ongratulations to those of you who recently got engaged or fell in love! The Caribbean is certainly one of the most romantic places in the world and perfect for destination weddings and honeymoons. It is a place rich in culture, activities and entertainment but also seclusion and serenity. In this issue we brought you slices of this region that you would consider to be a part of your dream wedding in paradise. As usual I would like to say thank you to all of the amazing people that help us plan our trips and assist us when we get there. From the guide at the Bird Sanctuary in Trinidad, to our concierge at the Windjammer Landing and the spa attendant at El Conquistador Resort, you make these experiences special. Your love and pride in your island and your workplaces are the stories we share in our articles. Also thanks to the talented wedding vendors who share their expertise and stories with us. I hope you found this issue inspirational or just educational. Wishing you an unforgettable wedding filled with laughter and love.

Sunny Regards,


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