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Real Weddings

Nea Wadson & Nathan Moore Natalie McFarlane & Adam Carlson Marissa Wainwright & Ramon Brangman Olya Rozit & Niel Jones

Family Heirlooms Planning a traditional Bermuda wedding

Diamonds Are a Bride’s Best Friend and other wedding jewels

Tasty Thank-You’s Edible wedding favours


at Home

Plan a Bermuda staycation


wh en you’re ready to share...

BUTTERFIELD WEDDING LOANS Planning the perfect wedding involves a lot more than choosing a venue or photographer. It’s about creating memories that will last a lifetime. Ensure that your big day is perfect with a customised wedding loan. Financing for when you’re ready to share…with Butterfield, it’s possible. To discuss your lending needs, visit a Butterfield Banking Centre or contact us on 298 4799.


Feat ures 12 The DIY Bride

Do-it-yourself instructions for creating a blossoming flower crown, perfect for a bride or flower girl

15 Tasty Thank-You’s

The best edible wedding favours available for purchase locally

19 Family Heirlooms

How to plan a traditional Bermuda wedding in 10 easy steps.

On the cover: Nea Wadson and Nathan Moore, photographed by Gavin Howarth. See their Real Wedding story on page 36.

23 Honeymoon at Home

Plan a Bermuda staycation after you say “I do” at the island’s best hotels and resorts.

30 Wedding Jewels

We round up the best sparklers available for purchase locally.

Real Weddings

37 Moore Love

Nea Wadson & Nathan Moore

41 Faith Fulfilled

Marissa Wainwright & Ramon Brangman

Spring 2014 Edition www.bermudianweddings.com Tina Stevenson Publisher tina@thebermudian.com Gabrielle Boyer Editor gabrielle@thebermudian.com

45 Showered with Good Fortune

Laura Bell Art Director laura@thebermudian.com

48 From Russia with Love

Fiona WOodward Copy Editor

Natalie McFarlane & Adam Carlson Olya Rozit & Niel Jones

53 The Perfect Bermuda Wedding

Kate Butler and James Froelicher tie the knot in a destination Bermuda wedding

Contributors: Gavin Howarth, Sacha Blackburne, Zeudi Hinds, Amanda Temple, Becky Spencer, Kayleigh Scott, Scott Tucker

56 Setting Sail

Say, “I do” aboard one of Bermuda’s best charter boats.

Christine Dunkley and Kyle Daily are featured on page 61. Photo by Amanda Temple

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6 Bridal Notes 60 Wedding Album 64 Wedding Directory 70 Parting Shot

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Stewart Hall – 5 Queen Street, St. George

bridal notes DAVIDROSE JEWELRY Creating custom wedding rings has never been simpler. Your love is one of a kind; your ring should be too. Located in the historic Town of St. George’s, Davidrose has a growing reputation as one of Bermuda’s most exciting jewellery boutiques. They carry an exquisite selection of engagement rings and wedding bands, which can be customised to reflect your personal style. Davidrose offers private appointments to ensure that you receive the full attention you

ALL THE TRIMMINGS Customise your perfect wedding Everyone has a dream vision for their special day. At All the Trimmings, the wedding and event planning services are tailored around you. From the onset, they begin creating your dream event whether it be a traditional, whimsical or lavish affair. They strive to ensure nothing is missed, overlooked or forgotten as they create an original occasion that is yours alone and unique to you. All the Trimmings will make sure all aspects of your event go off without a hitch and is everything you have desired. This means you can sit back, relax and truly enjoy your special occasion. From event planning, proposal

deserve to create your custom ring. To make an appointment call 441-293-7673, email info@davidrose. bm or visit at 20 Water Street, St. George’s.

planning, full scale planning, hourly consults to day management services—All the


Trimmings can offer the assistance that caters personally to your needs as they strive to

Be a Cooper’s bride!

make each event magical and original. For more information e-mail katie@allthetrimmings.bm or telephone 441-535-9992 or visit www.allthetrimmings.bm.

Become a Cooper’s bride and choose from the very best in fine and casual dining for your bridal registry. From

GOSLING’S New champagne Everyone knows that a wedding

traditional Waterford crystal and Wedgewood bone china to more playful patterns fit for any occasion, A.S. Cooper & Sons, Ltd, has it all. Generations of

is not complete without champagne.

Bermudian woman have been Cooper’s

For 260 years, Moet & Chandon

brides, and so can you. Your bridal reg-

have bottled some of the world’s

istry selections will be available for your

very best champagne and this year,

family and friends to view and purchase

they launched Moet Ice Imperial, the

both in-store and on-line.

world’s first champagne created to be enjoyed over ice. It is sweet, but not overpoweringly so, leaving a light, fresh taste and its ice accompaniment is the ideal solution for Bermuda’s take-no-mercy humidity. Moet Ice Imperial is a more casual, playful take on champagne making it a necessity for any Bermuda wedding, garden-style or otherwise. To purchase Moet Ice Imperial for your big day, contact Gosling’s at 441-295-1123 or visit them at www.goslingsrum.com.

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ISLAND RESTAURANT GROUP Endless menu options Island Restaurant Group Catering has fast become the


go-to caterer, providing all food, bar, staffing and rentals

Bermuda-inspired wedding jewellery

to make the biggest day of your new lives magnificent and

Bermudian Elisa Stubbs creates beautiful jewellery inspired by Bermuda’s natural world. Her business, Airy Heights Design, features jewels of all sorts set in sterling silver, 14K or 18K gold which are crafted by metalsmith and fellow Bermudian artist, Lynn Morell. Stubbs perfectly unites minimalistic design with sophisticated appeal, making her pieces the perfect accessories for a Bermuda wedding. To schedule a viewing with Airy Heights Design, contact Elisa Stubbs at 441-293-0431 or 333-1230 or via e-mail at airyheights@logic.bm. Alternatively, visit Airy Heights Design online at www. airyheights.com.

stress free. Featuring the chef talents from Victoria Grill, Island Restaurant Group strive to meet your catering needs. Personalisation is their specialty, and they love to do things out of the ordinary. They can either work with your selected wedding planner, or they can provide one of their trusted partners for you to make your wedding seamless. Feel confident that IRG Catering, and their team from Victoria Grill, Barracuda Grill, Pickled Onion, Hog Penny and Frog and Onion will not rest until they provide you with catering exactly as discussed, and they guarantee your absolute satisfaction. Call 441-295-3648, e-mail catering@ irg.bm, www.irg.bm/catering.

Look Incredible

Tuxedo Sales & Rentals www.bermudianweddings.com

Made-to-Measure & Alexandre Collection Suits

Because it is YOUR big day,, too.

49 Front St, Hamilton 441-295-2672 sales@tess.bm

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bridal notes BERMUDA EVENT SOLUTIONS Expect the best with Emily and Kathleen Your wedding day is all about the two of you, which is why Bermuda Event Solutions believe you should be able to soak up every precious moment with family and friends while they take care of the rest. Planners Kathleen Dodwell and Emily Boden work tirelessly to tailor their extensive resources to your exact needs and remain on hand at all times to deal with any new ideas. Choose between their full planning service and the “day-of” option for those who have done most of the organising themselves. For more information call 441-236-9469 or visit www.weddingsolutions.bm.

BirDSEY STUDIO Unique wedding gifts The renowned Birdsey Studio, on Stowe Hill in Paget, offers a varied selection of original artwork by experienced painter Jo Birdsey Linberg. Perfect for the newlyweds’ first home, there is always something standout at this unusual studio, in its garden setting, the oldest working studio in Bermuda. In watercolour or oil, Jo’s impressionistic landscapes and seascapes have been sought and collected locally and internationally for many years. Paintings are unframed. Sizes and shapes vary, as do prices. Appointments recommended. Call 441-236-6658 or e-mail linberg@ northrock.bm for more information.

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STRANDS Strands Welcomes Gemma Howe Gemma Howe is Strands Hair Salon and Skin Spa’s newest senior stylist. With years of experience, Gemma is well-versed not only in hair cut and colour but also as a bridal specialist. She spoke with us about her experience and love of bridal hair. What is your background? I have almost ten years experience in the industry, having trained with Charles Worthington London, as well as graduated in management onboard world class luxury cruise liners. Most recently, I worked for the award-winning London salon, HOB, before moving to Bermuda to work for Strands. Have you worked with many brides before? I have worked with many brides and specialise in wedding hair. Getting to do occasion styles and bridal hair is my passion and forte. In your opinion, what is the the ultimate wedding hairstyle? The ultimate wedding hairstyle varies according to trend but in my experience the most requested (and elegant styles) are based on soft and sweeping hairstyles. What look do you try to achieve when doing a bride’s hair? I look to create a hairstyle that compliments a bride’s wedding look, keeping in mind her face shape, her wedding dress and the overall finish. I like to know what I am working with from head-to-toe so I can achieve the best look for every bride. To book a consultation with Gemma, call 441-295-0935. www.bermudianweddings.com

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“Your Special Day Deserves A Private Club Experience”

bridal notes The English Sports Shop You deserve to look incredible, too. Every man deserves to look his best on his wedding day. The English Sports Shop has a wide range of exquisitely tailored tuxedos available to rent or have custom-made for the groom and his groomsmen. If a suit is more your style, let the experienced tailors in the Alexandre, Saville Row in Bermuda department help you find the perfect style, colour and fit with their Alexandre Collection of ready-made suits. Better yet, why not have a unique made-to-measure suit created just for you from their extensive range of

Our modern day Bermudian style clubhouse, conveniently located in Warwick, offers all the room you need to welcome your guests. Enjoy quality cuisine and professional service with one of our set menus or a customised menu you choose, along with the help of our Executive Chef.

cloths, in any style you desire and all the details you love? Slim fit, extra pockets, thin lapels—you deserve to look incredible. Because it is your big day, too. Call 441-295-5963 for an appointment.

Riddell’s Bay offers unmatched value, in a wonderful setting.

Let us make your day an experience to remember.

National Museum of Bermuda A location with a view Which bride or groom doesn’t want a wow setting for their big day? Commanding Bermuda’s westernmost point with sweeping views of the north shore and Great Sound, the National Museum of Bermuda certainly fits the bill. A variety of rooms, levels and event spaces allows for choices of indoor or alfresco events. The landmark Commissioner’s House offers mahogany-floored dining rooms with chandeliers and panoramic views from wrap-around verandahs. The Queen’s Exhibition Hall, complete with high vaulted

The Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club

T: (441) 238-1060 • F: (441) 238-8785 P.O. BOX WK 236 • WARWICK WKBX, BERMUDA

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ceilings and priceless artifacts, has 4,000 square feet for cocktail receptions or seated dining. And the historic Keep Yard within Bermuda’s largest fortress provides a huge grass arena encircled by natural cliffs and limestone storehouses. Catering at the Commissioner’s House is provided exclusively by the MEF Group. Facility rental fees are paid directly to the Museum and are considered a charitable donation. Contact the event manager, Planning Factory, at 236-0514 or lindsay@planning factory. com for all rental details. For more information on the Museum, see www.nmb.com.

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THE BRIDAL SUITE Making your day magical Since 1989, the weddings created by The Bridal Suite Bermuda have inspired style and originality. Their creative team are superb at designing stress-free weddings and providing inspiration that explores all your innovative ideas making your planning seamless and enjoyable. They make magic happen. Call 441-2922025, www.bridalsuitebermudaweddings.com.


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The Diy bride

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Crown Adopt the latest wedding trend and craft a blooming flower crown, perfect for a bride or her flower girl.

Step 1: Measure your head by wrapping a piece of wire around its circumference. Depending on the floral wire you’re using, you may need to join two pieces together to create the perfect-sized circle to fit your head. Create a circular shape by making hooks at each end of the wire: bend the end of one wire to create a loop; stick the end of the other wire through the loop and bend it back to create another loop; twist the ends around each wire to secure.


Flowers such as gerbera daisies (shown) Bermuda cedar clippings Floral wire Floral tape Wire cutters Scissors

Step 2: Cut the stem of a flower so that it’s about seven inches long from the bud. Place the bud of the daisy on the wire of the headband. Wrap the stem around the wire and secure with floral tape. Add a few more buds in the same fashion. When you have three or four in a bunch together, secure by wrapping floral wire around the stems. Continue on like this until wire headband is filled with buds. When the headband is filled with buds, stick Bermuda cedar clippings throughout, making sure each is secured with floral wire.


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Favourable Favours


Thank-You’s Show your appreciation by gifting friends and family with edible homegrown wedding favours. Photography by Scott Tucker


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Tucker’s Farm Goat Cheese A: 9 Lagoon Drive, Paget, T: (441) 3377548, E: crowisland@northrock.bm

Bouquet Garni Products


Bermuda Honey


James Tucker began making his own goat’s cheese in the mid-1990s when he decided it was time to keep his pet goats for more than just companionship. Currently, his six female goats (and one billy) allow him to produce cheeses of various flavours and consistency. The most popular are the fresh cheese—plain, Marley (fresh herbs) and Full Hott (peppers and rum)—and Hay Jude, a surface ripened cheese made from the same curd as the fresh cheese, but yielding a different taste and consistency. Divvy up portions of this all-natural, organic cheese into small glass jars and gift your wedding guests with them on your special day.

T: (441) 293-0031

T: (441) 296-7874 E: bouquetgarni@northrock.bm

Randolph Furbert is famed Beekeeper Number 5. Having been around bees his entire life, his experience and knowledge are unmatched on our island. Currently, Furbert manages hundreds of hives across the island, making him the top supplier of Bermuda honey. Unfortunately, due to lack of rain and dwindling numbers of surviving hives, Bermuda produced its lowest yield of honey in 40 years in 2012. But despite the low numbers, Furbert continues to educate Bermuda’s population about the importance of local bees—and to educate the world about the deliciousness of Bermuda honey. Purchase pots of honey for each of your wedding guests, and make a gesture everyone will be buzzing about.

Caterer and part owner of Windybank Farm, Julie Grayston-Smith began crafting and bottling her range of food products in 2006. Her line includes homemade chutneys, pesto, jellies, salad dressings and olive oil, which she sells at Lindo’s grocery stores as well as at her family’s farm at Windybank every Saturday morning from 7:00 a.m. until noon. Using only the freshest ingredients, Grayston’s products focus on fruits and vegetables grown locally, benefiting both consumers and our island. Provide each of your guests with a jar or bottle of Grayston’s homemade goods or divvy up smaller portions and share the love.

« Outerbridge’s Original Sherry Peppers T: (441) 296-4451, E: peppers@logic.bm W: www.outerbridge.com

A must-have ingredient in every Bermuda kitchen is Outerbridge’s Original Sherry Peppers, a blend of sherry peppers, wine vinegar and hot mustard. For over 50 years, Outerbridge’s has been bottling its famous recipe, now in a variety of different flavours and variations and the perfect addition to fish chowder, codfish cakes, and codfish and potatoes. For only $6.95, you can present your guests with a bottle of these famous sherry peppers, allowing them the opportunity to delve repeatedly into Bermudian cuisine culture. 16 | THE BERMUDIAN Weddings


Bermuda Rum Cake »


Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and Ginger Beer

T: (441) 234-4216, E: mail@bermudarumcakes. com, W: www.dockyardcompany.com

T: (441) 295-1123, W: www.goslingsrum.com

Popular among local visitors, the Bermuda Rum Cake Company has been in operation for over 15 years, perfectly serving up the delicious rum-soaked treats made using Gosling’s Black Seal rum. Available in a wide array of flavours, including traditional, rum swizzle, coffee, chocolate, ginger, banana, coconut, loquat, fruit cake and a special Christmas variation, the cakes make for the perfect wedding favour for destination couples who wish their guests to, quite literally, get a taste for Bermuda. The small-size cakes (nine ounces) are priced at $14.95 at the Bermuda Rum Cake Company’s main store in Dockyard or duty-free across the island.

It was a dark and stormy night when the Sea Venture was wrecked on the Devils Isles, and it’s a Dark ‘n’ Stormy tradition that Bermudians enjoy 400-plus years later. Made with a devilishly delicious combination of Gosling’s Black Seal rum and ginger beer, Bermuda’s national drink has been the cause of many births, lost bets and plain drunken shenanigans. Honour tradition and gift your guests a small bottle of Gosling’s Black Seal rum and a can of ginger beer, so that after your big day is done they can sit back, enjoy a Dark ‘n’ Stormy and reminisce about your trip down the aisle.

« Bermuda Artisan Sea Salt W: www.artisanseasalt.com E: matt@artisanseasalt.com

Matt Hooper spent years collecting salts from around the world, but it wasn’t until 2012 that he decided to dip a five-gallon bucket into the water off the south shore and craft his own Bermuda sea salt. After hundreds of hours of researching and testing, the winning method was decided upon and Bermuda Artisan Sea Salt was born. Almost two years later, Hooper still dips his bucket into the water off south shore to make batches of his homemade salt, currently available in three variations: original, soy, and lime. Hooper’s salts are available for purchase at International Imports, Windybank Farm Market and Wadson’s Farm.

« Outerbridge’s Swizzle Taffy T: (441) 296-4451, E: peppers@logic.com W: www.outerbridge.com

Bermuda’s favourite fruity cocktail is now available in the sweetest form imaginable: saltwater taffy. Chewy, creamy and with a definite hint of rum swizzle, these alcoholfree candies come individually wrapped, making it easy for you to package up a handful for each of your guests. An eight-ounce box is available for purchase for $7.95 on-line or for $9.95 in souvenir shops around Bermuda.


« Bermuda Jam Factory W: www.bermudajamfactory.com E: info@bermudajamfactory.com

It was 2004 when Grant Kennedy and Joel McDonnell decided to take their love of jams to the ultimate level by launching Bermuda Jam Factory—with only three pepper jams at that time. Fast-forward to 2014 and the powerful duo have two awards winning product lines. The first, Gombey Pepper Jams, range from sweet to hot and are the perfect complement to cheeses, crusty breads, sea food dishes, meats on the grill and the famous Bermuda fish cake. The second line, Give Me Agave, is a no-sugar-added range of preserves and sauces made using certified organic agave nectar. Bermuda Jam Factory products can be purchased either on-line or island-wide.  Spring 2014 | 17


« Editor Gabrielle Boyer’s parents, Debbie Cooper and Roy Boyer, were married on May 28, 1983, at Christ Church, Warwick.

FAMILY HEIRLOOMS: How to Plan a Traditional Bermuda Wedding

z Long gone are the days when every Bermuda nuptial involved a horse and carriage and a walk through a moongate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t honour local tradition on your wedding day. Although we may not know the origin of every single one of our local practices, it will never stop us from participating in them, enjoying them and relishing the way they add a distinctive touch to a Bermuda wedding. Here’s our list of the top ten local wedding traditions to observe at your Bermuda wedding. Illustrations by Molly D. Smith and Elliott Cooper www.bermudianweddings.com

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Traditions Ville Park. It is the custom for a bride and groom to walk through a moongate on their wedding day as a way to garner luck and good fortune in their lives together.

As everyone knows, the


Bermuda cedar tree is en-

demic to our island. Its existence weighed heavily on the survival of Bermuda’s first settlers, having been used as cattle feed, for building homes and ships and for medicinal purposes. For as long as anyone can remember, a Bermuda cedar tree was

The tradition of travelling to and from

planted by a bride and groom on their

a wedding in a horse and carriage obvi-

wedding day as a symbol of their growing

ously derives from the time when it was

love, but the tradition took on particular importance during the cedar blight of the 1940s when the juniper scale wiped out almost every cedar on the island. Today, at most local nurseries, you can find Bermuda cedar saplings ready to put down their roots in your backyard.

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his worldly goods. The bride’s cake is a three-tiered fruitcake, symbolising faithfulness and fertility. It is covered in silver leaf (although today silver leaves are also common). The three tiers serve individual purposes: the top tier holds the cedar sprig, the second is doused in black rum to

Top your cake with a Bermuda Cedar Sprig Traditionally, couples

topped their wedding cake with a Bermuda cedar sprig, suitable for planting—taking their wedding cedar from cake to earth.

serve Goldand SilverLeaf Cakes Although two become one at a wedding, the same does

not go for traditional Bermuda wedding cakes; the bride’s cake and the groom’s cake are very different and serve differ-

preserve it and is served at the christening of the couple’s first child, and the third tier

Bermuda’s most common form of transportation. Old Bermudians can recall a time when the carriage and its horses were decked out in full wedding regalia of bells, bows and ribbons, and children would run out into the road at the sound of the horses clip-clopping along, hoping to catch a glimpse of a bride and her wedding party making their way to the church.

is cut and served to wedding guests. Today, Juliette Jackson is Bermuda’s best traditional wedding cake maker, serving up gold- and silver-leaf cakes for modern couples planning vintage-inspired weddings.


Walk through a Moongate Moongates became

popular in Bermuda in the 1920s when the Furness-Withy shipping

line commissioned the Duke of West-

ent purposes. The groom’s cake is a single

minster’s gardener to design the gardens

tier of plain pound cake, made in a large,

of the old Bermudiana Hotel. Bermuda’s

round cake tin. The cake is covered in

first moongate was imported from China

boiled icing and gold leaf, symbolising

and set in the gardens of the legendary

that the groom is the breadwinner and

hotel. The same moongate stands today at

provider, presenting his new wife with all

the Par-la-Ville Road entrance to Par-la-

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Arrive at (or Leave) Your Wedding in a Horse and Carriage


Moongate & Church by Molly D. Smith; Bermudiana flower by Elliot Cooper


Plant a Bermuda Cedar Tree

In those days, a large carriage would transport the groom and his groomsmen to the church and then head out to pick up the bride and her bridesmaids. This was to ensure the bride that her groom was already at the church awaiting her arrival. There are plenty of horse and carriages available for hire nowadays, including our favourite Marquis Ranch who can be hired by calling 441-505-5575.



RElax about the Wedding Crashers Although not considered etiquette by today’s

standards, wedding crashing is as much a tradition as anything else on this list. Uninvited guests at your wedding reception should not be tolerated during a sit-down dinner, but when you’ve invited

Welcome the Good, Avoid the Bad Of course, as islanders, Bermudians have a long list

of superstitions, and as tradition dictates, one’s wedding day is the most important day on which to welcome signs of good luck and avoid bad luck entirely. Accord-

ing to Bermuda legend, it is bad luck for a bride to see a lizard on the road while en route to the church, although a black cat is a good sign! It is also considered bad luck to arrive at the church before a funeral is over. Seeing a rainbow on your wedding day is considered to be very lucky in Bermuda— more so than if it is a perfectly sunny day. If a Bermuda bride catches rain in the palm of her hand on her way out of the church, it is said to be a sign of riches to come.


500 people to an informal reception, you shouldn’t worry about a few extras.


Plan an At-Home Wedding Reception Hotel wedding receptions

would never even have been discussed back when our parents were tying the knot. In those days, a Bermuda wedding reception usually took place at the home of the bride’s parents. Simple cocktails, tea sandwiches and homemade wedding cakes

choose not to hire a band, supply your DJ

were served instead of a three-course din-

with a few songs from the Talbot Brothers

ner or buffet. Guests gathered in the family

to add a nostalgic element to your wedding

garden and the dramatic exit of the bride


and groom signalled the end of the party and the time for guests to pack up and go home. An at-home wedding is simple enough to recreate and can be easier on a budget-conscious couple.


Hire a Local band When at-home wedding


Create a Timeless Wedding Registry Gift registries

of yesteryear were made up of more than wastepaper baskets and plasma screen TVs. Couples were gifted with good quality

receptions were customary,

china, crystal and sterling silver—gifts

local bands and musicians

they would have for a lifetime. Be selective

would set up their instruments and ser-

when choosing your own wedding registry:

enade the couple and their guests. Nowa-

make sure each item is something you

days, there are plenty of local musicians to

absolutely love, and something which, like

play at your wedding, including the Kennel

a happy marriage, will withstand the test

Boys, Working Title and others. If you

of time.

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It’s your day... make it perfect



Fourways offers the services of having your wedding on our grounds at the Cottage Colony, an intimate setting perfect for a wedding party venue or honeymoon getaway. Travel back in time with a celebratory carriage ride and champagne toast to Bermuda’s most historic and charming Fourways Inn restaurant built in 1727. Let us take care of all your needs from ceremony to honeymoon and make your wedding dreams come true, so all you have to do is say I do. Middle Road, Paget, Bermuda TELEPHONE 441-236-6517 EMAIL info@fourways.bm

Luxurious 100 ft Azimut Benetti Specially commissioned culinary delights, with sumptuous detail and privacy, that only a yacht like this can command. Four spectacular staterooms, with en suite bathrooms to pamper you at night. Entertainment options from the large and lavish to intimate dinners. Create the most memorable wedding moments at sea. Make this YOUR yacht for the ultimate experience in Bermuda. 441-704-3000 info@venetian.bm


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BLÛ BAR & GRILL Say I do on the first tee of the beautiful Belmont golf course then continue your wedding celebrations at Blu where we provide incredible ambiance with mesmerizing views of Hamilton Harbour & the Great Sound. Blu provides the perfect setting to celebrate your wedding with your loved ones. Seating capacity for 100 – 110 guests. At the Belmont Hills Golf Club, Warwick TELEPHONE 441-232-2323 EMAIL info@blu.bm


Newlyweds enjoy dinner for two on the beach at Fairmont Southampton Resort.

at Home

Rather than vacationing abroad, take root on-island instead and honeymoon at home. Not only is it more practical than dashing off after saying “I do”, but it can be just as enjoyable if done correctly. We scoured the island for the best hotels and resorts catering to local honeymooners and we’re happy to share with you those who work hard to shed new light on a well-known location. www.bermudianweddings.com

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Rosedon Rosedon Hotel is nestled amongst lush tropical gardens close to the heart of Hamilton. Uniquely Bermudian, Rosedon is a boutique hotel staffed by locals who are known to go out of their way to ensure that every guest has a memorable experience. With 39 rooms, each individually decorated with rich, European fabrics and supplied with up-to-date technology, honeymooning at home at Rosedon Hotel combines luxurious comforts with a unique opportunity to transcend the everyday and truly experience Bermuda as “another world.” Main person to contact: Reservations manager, Lesiline Williams. Tel: 441-2951640, e-mail: reservations@rosedon.com, www.rosedon.com How many rooms available? 39 How big is the property? Four acres How many pools, beaches, restaurants? One pool, which is heated during winter months. Room service for meals. What activities does Rosedon offer for honeymooners? Any activity can be arranged, from spa treatments to golfing although most take place off-site. 24 | THE BERMUDIAN Weddings

Rosedon was built in 1906 and was the private residence of E.J. Thompson who named the property after his son, Robert Rosedon Thompson.

Does Rosedon offer any special amenities for honeymooners? Honeymooners receive champagne on their arrival. Does Rosedon offer a honeymooners’ package for locals? Yes, the honeymooners’ package starts at $1016 per person and includes breakfast and afternoon tea, a gift for the bride, a romantic cruise, boxed lunch and a dinner voucher. How long in advance is it advisable to book? Three months Does Rosedon have a cancellation policy? Yes, a 14-day cancellation period. www.bermudianweddings.com

Coco Reef is located on a strip of pink sand on Bermuda’s south shore. Catering to a more casual, laid-back clientele, Coco Reef is the perfect location for local honeymooners looking to disappear “off the radar” for a few days after their wedding. In addition to two beaches, Coco Reef also boasts a beautiful oceanfront swimming pool perfect for a relaxing afternoon together. Main person to contact: General manager, Vince Angelo. Tel: 441-236-5416, e-mail: reservations@cocoreef.bm, www. cocoreefbermuda.com How many rooms available? 60 How big is the property? Six acres Pools, beaches, restaurants? Two beaches (one private), one swimming pool, one restaurant. Activities for honeymooners? Coco Reef can schedule tennis games or rounds of golf for guests, and the hotel’s private beach is readily accessible for swimming and sunbathing.

Coco Reef

Special amenities for honeymooners? Honeymooners are treated to champagne and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival.

light dinner with champagne, a bottle of wine and an in-room massage. The honeymoon package is priced as follows: peak season, four nights, $2,600 (ocean-view room), $2,840 (beachfront room); off-season, four nights, $2,160 (ocean-view room), $2,560 (beach-front room).

Does Coco Reef offer a honeymooners’ package for locals? Yes, Coco Reef’s honeymoon packages include a private candle-

Do you have a cancellation policy? Seven days prior to arrival, otherwise there will be a two-night fee penalty.



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While featuring truly breathtaking views of Bermuda’s south shore, The Reefs is also currently Bermuda’s premiere award-winning hotel. In 2013, The Reefs won the “Best Hotel in the Atlantic” award given by Condé Nast Traveller (Readers Choice Awards, 2013). And for good reason—The Reefs management and staff know how to treat their guests. In addition to great restaurants, stunning infinity pools and a private pink sand beach, The Reefs makes a wide variety of activities readily available and easily accessible to their guests. While maintaining the perfect balance between casual fun and formal luxury, The Reefs provides honeymooners with a choice between an actionpacked vacation and a relaxing retreat—or a little bit of both. Contact: Kathleen Dodwell. Tel: 441-2380222, e-mail: generalinfo@thereefs.bm, www.thereefs.com How many rooms available? 62 guest rooms and 19 club condo suites Pools, beaches, restaurants? One private beach, two infinity pools and two restaurants. Activities for honeymooners? Complimentary usage of all water sport activities including stand-up paddle boards,

snorkeling equipment and kayaks, as well as tennis equipment and facilities. Special amenities for honeymooners? Honeymooners can book a couples massage at The Reefs’ La Serena Spa—as well as sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries. Does The Reefs offer a honeymooners’ package for locals? Yes, The Reefs has a “Romance” package starting at $2,930 (off-season price) for a five-night, six-day

The Reefs stay. The package includes a stay in an ocean-view room, rum swizzle on arrival, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, two 60-minute massages, daily breakfast, tea and dinner, romantic dinner for two on the beach, drink vouchers, special gift, transportation to and from the airport and all taxes and service charges. How long in advance is it advisable to book? At least two to three months in advance. Cancellation policy? 28 days before arrival.

Rosewood Tucker’s Point How many rooms available? 88

Pools, beaches, restaurants? One private beach, four pools, three restaurants and a bar.

Situated on 240 acres of picturesque property on Castle Harbour, Rosewood Tucker’s Point offers some of Bermuda’s most enviable ocean views. With such an extensive property, the hotel and club are in a unique position to offer an almost unlimited supply of amenities and activities to their guests—most of which can be arranged at a moment’s notice. Locals choosing to honeymoon at Rosewood Tucker’s Point will find all their needs met, making a trip off the property for any reason completely unnecessary! Contact: Tel: 441-298-4000, e-mail: tuckerspoint@rosewoodhotels.com, www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/tuckers-point-bermuda 26 | THE BERMUDIAN Weddings

Activities for honeymooners? The world-class Sense spa is located on the Rosewood Tucker’s Point property, along with the Dive and Watersports Centre, which offers guided cruises to nearby caves, coral reefs and dive sites, as well as windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, sailing and various other water sports. Rosewood Tucker’s Point also has its own croquet lawn, tennis courts and award-winning golf course. Any special amenities for honeymooners? No, but the staff can customise a package based on a couple’s preferences and requests. Does Rosewood Tucker’s Point offer a honeymooners’ package for locals? There is no specific package for local honeymooners, but Rosewood Tucker’s Point offers a three-night “Romance” package. How long in advance is it advisable to book? Two or three months in advance. Cancellation policy? In peak season, 21 days and in low season, 14 days prior to arrival. www.bermudianweddings.com

The famed Fairmont Southampton Resort is located on 100 acres of pristine property and boasts a whopping nine restaurants, including the historic Waterlot Inn. Honeymooners looking to vacation in the lap of luxury will relish the resort’s world-renowned Willow Stream Spa, private beach access and unrivaled attention to detail. Contact: Tel: 441-238-8000, e-mail: southampton@fairmont.com, www.fairmont.com/Southampton-bermuda

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How many rooms available? 593 Pools, beaches, restaurants? One private beach, two swimming pools and nine restaurants. Activities for honeymooners? A range of activities can be organised for guests, including pampering at the resort’s Willow Stream Spa, golf at the award-winning golf course and dive trips to coral reefs. A favourite activity for honeymooners is the romantic Bermuda Moon Dance and Dinner on the hotel’s beach. Special amenities for honeymooners? The resort staff can arrange any amenity for honeymooning couples, especially for those on the Gold Level, who are treated to a private concierge. Honeymooners’ package for locals? Fairmont Southampton offers a honeymoon package, which includes private transportation to and from the airport, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries on arrival, complimentary access to Willow Stream Spa, a 60-minute couples massage, a romantic dinner-fortwo at Waterlot Inn and a daily $50 resort credit towards any resort activity. The honeymoon package is priced at $360 per night, based on a five-night minimum stay in a moderate room. Taxes, gratuities and resort levy are not included. How long in advance is it advisable to book? At least seven days in advance. Do you have a cancellation policy? At the time of booking, a one-night nonrefundable deposit with tax is charged. www.bermudianweddings.com

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spa suites, a 24-hour fitness room, a cycle shop for rental motor scooters and e-bikes, tennis courts and various water activities at the hotel’s Wreck Centre. Special amenities for honeymooners? Yes, honeymooners are treated to a complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability) upon arrival, as well as champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.

Elbow Beach

Elbow Beach has long been a favourite hotel for Bermuda’s locals as well as for visitors to the island. The four restaurants which call Elbow Beach home are often filled with local residents looking to enjoy lunch or dinner at the historic hotel. Local honeymooners will be delighted with the hotel’s wide array of amenities, while the charming Bird of Paradise Cottage is the perfect spot for newlyweds looking for a secluded hideaway for their special holiday. Contact: Tel: 441-236-3535, e-mail: ebbda-reservations@mohg.com, www.mandarinoriental.com/Bermuda

Pools, beaches, restaurants? One private beach, one free-form temperature-controlled swimming pool and four restaurants.

How many rooms available? 98 rooms

Activities? Various activities, including The Spa at Elbow Beach, which offers private

How big is the property? Approx. 50 acres

Honeymooners’ package for locals? Yes, the “Romance” package is available year round. The rate starts at $905 per night based on double occupancy, but is subject to change. The package includes accommodation, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, daily in-room breakfast, private candlelight dinner on the beach and an 80-minute couple’s massage. A minimum three-night stay is required with the “Romance” package. How long in advance is it advisable to book? As far in advance as possible. Cancellation policy? There is no charge for bookings cancelled more than 30 days prior to arrival. Cancellation within that time period will result in the forfeit of the two-night deposit.

Perfect for the adventure-loving couple, Grotto Bay has an almost endless supply of activities geared towards experiencing Bermuda’s pristine waters and exploring the hotel’s beautiful property. Honeymooners can dine in and explore the hotel’s two private caves, play tennis on one of the property’s clay courts or spend an afternoon on a boat or a board taking in picturesque Castle Harbour. Contact: Tel: 441-293-8333, e-mail: dburrows@grottobay.com, www.grottobay.com How many rooms available? 200 rooms, plus one honeymoon suite

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How big is the property? 21 acres Pools, beaches and restaurants? One beach, one swimming pool and two restaurants Activities for honeymooners? Honeymooners can enjoy spa treatments, private dining in a cave or pergola, fish feeding, watersports, boat rentals and cave spelunking—all on location.

Special amenities for honeymooners? Newlyweds receive champagne and chocolate covered strawberries on arrival. Do you offer a honeymooners’ package for locals? Yes, Grotto Bay’s honeymoon package is priced at $269 per night during peak season and $195 per night during the offseason. How long in advance is it advisable to book? As far in advance as possible. Cancellation policy? 14-days prior to arrival for a full refund. www.bermudianweddings.com

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1. Black and White Diamond Earrings, .33 carat diamond weight, sterling silver, $385. Atlantic Jewellery Studio, Washington Mall, Hamilton. Tel: 542-1554, www.atlanticjewellery.com

3. David Yurman “Starburst” Collection, sterling silver and diamond necklace, .37 carats, $1,500. H.S. & J.E. Crisson, Queen St., Hamilton, Tel: 295-2351, www.crisson.com

2. David Yurman “Starburst” Collection, sterling silver and diamond ring, .56 carats, $1,600. H.S. & J.E. Crisson, Queen St., Hamilton, Tel: 295-2351, www.crisson.com

4. David Yurman “Starburst” Collection, sterling silver and diamond earrings, 1.01 carats, $2,650. H.S. & J.E. Crisson, Queen St., Hamilton, Tel: 295-2351, www.crisson.com www.bermudianweddings.com





5. Diamond Eternity Ring, 18K rose gold, $3685. Also available in 18K white gold, 18K yellow gold & platinum. May be engraved. Davidrose Jewelry, 20 Water Street, St. George’s. Tel: 2937673, www.davidrose.bm 6. 14K Yellow Gold Sea-Fan Earrings with diamonds, $2,150. By appointment. Airy Heights Design/Elisa Stubbs, www.airyheights.com 7. “Hearts on Fire” (Diamond Collection), necklace, small $3,290, large $5,850. Astwood Dickinson, 83-85 Front Street, Hamilton, Tel: 2925805, www.astwooddickinson.com


8. “Something Blue” earrings, 14K yellow gold lever-back earrings with turquoise diamond briolettes, $525 per pair. Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewellery, Washington Mall, 7 Reid Street, Hamilton. Tel: 236-9009. E-mail: orders@alexandramosher.com. www. alexandramosher.com 9. “Hearts on Fire” (Diamond Collection), earrings $4,750. Astwood Dickinson, 83-85 Front Street, Hamilton, Tel: 292-5805, www.astwooddickinson. com www.bermudianweddings.com

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1. Heart & Arrow bangle, $185. Outerbridge Jewelry/designed by Alexandra Outerbridge, www. outerbridgejewelry.com. Some items are available locally at Atelerie Boutique on Reid St., Hamilton. 2. Splash Collection 14K yellow gold drop earrings, $695 per pair. Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewellery, Washington Mall, 7 Reid Street, Hamilton. Tel: 236-9009. E-mail: orders@alexandramosher.com, www. alexandramosher.com

3. Hibiscus flower necklace, small $475, large $1,975. Astwood Dickinson, 83-85 Front Street, Hamilton, Tel: 292-5805, www.astwooddickinson. com 4. Monogrammed necklace, 14K gold, $495 or 14K gold plate, $140. Atlantic Jewellery Studio, Washington Mall, Hamilton. Tel: 542-1554, www. atlanticjewellery.com 5. 18K gold, pearl and diamond bangle, $1398. H.S. & J.E. Crisson, Queen St., Hamilton, Tel: 295-2351, www.crisson.com www.bermudianweddings.com




6. Two-tone gold fashion dangle earrings, 14K yellow gold & 14K white gold, $520. Davidrose Jewelry, 20 Water Street, St. George’s. Tel: 293-7673, www.davidrose.bm  7. 18K gold and pearl earrings, $975. H.S. & J.E. Crisson, Queen St., Hamilton, Tel: 2952351, www.crisson.com 8. To Infinity and Beyond bangle, $163. Outerbridge Jewelry/designed by Alexandra Outerbridge, www.outerbridgejewelry.com 9. 18K gold, pearl and diamond ring, $1,300. H.S. & J.E. Crisson, Queen St., Hamilton, Tel: 295-2351, www.crisson.com www.bermudianweddings.com

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Dashing Gents A groom and his groomsmen shouldn’t be left out when it comes to wedding jewellery. Cufflinks, rings and bracelets make for the perfect accessories for even the manliest of men about to say “I do.”

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1. David Yurman sterling silver and black diamond ring, 1.5 carats, $1,950. H.S. & J.E. Crisson, Queen St., Hamilton, Tel: 295-2351, www.crisson.com

5. Oxidised sterling silver limpet cufflinks with white topaz, $300. By appointment. Airy Heights Design/Elisa Stubbs, www.airyheights.com

2. Splash Collection cufflinks, sterling silver set with pink Bermuda sand, $195 per pair. Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewellery, Washington Mall, 7 Reid Street, Hamilton. Tel: 236-9009. E-mail: orders@alexandramosher.com. www. alexandramosher.com

6. Men’s diamond and chocolate stainless steel ring, $285. Atlantic Jewellery Studio, Washington Mall, Hamilton. Tel: 542-1544, www. atlanticjewellery.com

3. David Yurman sterling silver and onyx ring, $550. H.S. & J.E. Crisson, Queen St., Hamilton, Tel: 295-2351, www.crisson.com

7. Two-tone cufflinks, 14K yellow gold & 14K white gold, $2,400. Also available in platinum, $2,880. Made to order, may be engraved. Davidrose Jewelry, 20 Water Street, St. George’s. Tel: 293-7673, www.davidrose.bm

4. David Yurman black leather braided bracelet with sterling silver and black diamonds, $975. H.S. & J.E. Crisson, Queen St., Hamilton, Tel: 2952351, www.crisson.com

8. Men’s stainless steel and black carbon fiber bracelet, $150. Atlantic Jewellery Studio, Washington Mall, Hamilton. Tel: 542-1544, www. atlanticjewellery.com www.bermudianweddings.com

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Real Weddings


Moore Love Nea Wadson & Nathan Moore May 18, 2013

“Well she ain’t into cars or pickup trucks, but if it runs like a Deere, man her eyes light up,” are the first words Nea Wad-

couldn’t stay apart.” For the next four years, the couple travelled back and forth

son heard from Nathan Moore’s mouth when she watched him

between Bermuda and Boston while they finished their bachelor’s

perform a rousing rendition of “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” by

degrees and Nathan started law school. In March 2012, Nathan

Kenny Chesney at Flanagan’s Irish Pub in the summer of 2004.

decided to pop the question while on a mini-break at home in

As most Bermudians do, both Nea and Nathan already knew

Bermuda. Under the guise of an afternoon beside the pool at

each other through mutual friends but had never met officially

Rosewood Tucker’s Point, Nathan presented Nea with a book he’d

until that night in the karaoke bar. Watching Nathan perform

made, filled with photos of them throughout their time together.

with such zest, Nea couldn’t help but be smitten instantly with his

The last page contained a single photograph of a diamond ring.

zest for life. “Right away I was drawn to his outgoing personality

As Nea turned to it, Nathan dropped to one knee and asked her

and irreverent humour,” says Nea. “It was clear that being around

to be his wife. Through tears of joy, Nea managed to produce a

Nathan would always be a good time, filled with fun and laughs!”

definitive, “Yes!” And at that moment, the families of the newly

And Nea wasn’t the only one intrigued; Nathan couldn’t help but

betrothed couple—who had been hiding out on the hotel prop-

notice the blonde beauty lighting up the room. “I‘d been pretty

erty—emerged to celebrate the happy couple’s engagement.

awestruck by Nea,” explains Nathan. “It didn’t take long for me to be completely convinced she was the one I wanted.” Although both parties agreed there was an undeniable connec-

Nea and Nathan were married on May 18, 2013, at the Unfinished Church in St. George’s in a ceremony that played perfectly to the couple’s lively spirits and bold personalities. Despite an

tion between them, with both in university leading very different

overcast morning the clouds parted and the sun shone through, il-

lives, the timing wasn’t ideal. “We became friends and grew close

luminating the aisle just as Nea arrived and began her procession

soon after we met formally and spent a lot of time together while

arm-in-arm with her father.

on breaks from school,” recalls Nea. “It wasn’t until 2008 when we gave into the inevitable and started dating. It was obvious we

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decided to abandon work and rebuild St.

he wrote one of his most famous poems,

Peter’s Church instead. Since then it has

“Odes to Nea,” professing his love for the

stood as a landmark in the old town of

woman with whom he could never spend

St. George’s, maintained by the Bermuda

his life.

National Trust. Nea and Nathan chose to

A statue and plaque paying tribute to

say “I-do” at the old church as a nod to the

Tom Moore are situated in St. George’s

famous poet Tom Moore and his “Nea.”

not far from “Nea” Tucker’s home and the

As legend has it, Moore fell hopelessly in

Unfinished Church. With that in mind,

love with Hester Louisa Tucker during his

Nea and Nathan decided it was the perfect

time in Bermuda. As the lady was mar-

venue at which to become husband and

ried, it was impossible for the two to have

wife. “We couldn’t fail to notice the plight

an intimate relationship, but that didn’t

of Tom Moore and his Nea,” the couple ex-

stop Moore from admiring her from afar.

plains. “The idea that we could get married

Just before Moore left Bermuda for good,

not far from the Tom Moore plaque and

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1. The historical Unfinished Church is the property of the Bermuda National Trust and is said to be one of the world’s most incredible unfinished structures. 2. The couple’s ceremony was full of laughter. 3. The couple travelled from the Unfinished Church to their reception at Rosewood Tucker’s Point in a horse and carriage by Marquis Ranch. 4 & 5. Photographer Gavin Howarth captured the lively wedding party, as well as the difference in Nea and Nathan’s height. 6 & 7. The couple chose a preppy theme for their big day, accented by bow ties and pearls. 8 & 9. The couple’s very lively wedding guests celebrated the couple in style at Rosewood Tucker’s Point’s beach club.




that there would finally be a Nea Moore was too perfect!” Indeed, their exchange of vows in such an historical setting, with such deep meaning attached to it, was certainly one of the most impressive aspects of their big day: “It’s always one of the first things people mention when they congratulate us!” The couple followed their traditional nuptials with a lively reception at Rosewood Tucker’s Point. Although the modern venue for their reception was in complete contrast to the historical Unfinished

10. While Rosewood Tucker’s Point took care of the couple’s wedding cake, Nea and Nathan chose to follow tradition with a gold-leaf groom’s cake created by Juliette Jackson. 11. The biggest hit at the reception was the candy buffet at which guests served themselves.


Church, the hotel held just as much meaning for them. “Rosewood Tucker’s Point is a place special to us for as long as we have been together. It’s where we spent numerous anniversaries and Valentine’s Days, not to mention where we got engaged.” With the help of Katie Trimingham of All the Trimmings, as well as the bride’s


mother, Nancy, the beach clubhouse was transformed for the fete. “We started with the basic idea of bright, fun and preppy. We chose to go with bow ties and pearls, and Nancy really took it from there. She made the napkin rings herself, crafting them to look like bow ties in bright colours.” In


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favours, “It was a big hit!” says the couple.

All the

All in all, the couple’s reception was a

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success, filled with laughs, happy tears

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Gavin Howarth Rick Hawke

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addition to the bright, preppy decor was

the stage, performing two lively renditions of “Palance,” leaving not a single guest


in their seat—and a few in the pool. “Our wedding celebration turned out to be everything we hoped for,” the married couple agree fondly. What’s next for Nea and Nathan? “Ultimately I think we see ourselves back in Bermuda, once Nathan finishes law school,” says Nea. “We’re both looking forward to starting our family in Bermuda, back amongst all of our loved ones and friends,” adds Nathan.

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Fait h Fulfilled Marissa Wainwright & Ramon Brangman October 12, 2012

Marissa Wainwright and Ramon Brangman had many op-

would lead to a relationship and, better yet, marriage!” explains

portunities to get to know one another throughout their lives.

Marissa. But they both admit now that it was a great segue into a

They attended the same primary school, were enrolled in the

lifelong partnership.

same after-school programme and lived only a few doors down

The couple dated for two years before they started discussing

from one another as children. As adults they continued to find

marriage. Both were in agreement that getting married to each

themselves in the same situations, attending the same church and

other was what they wanted, so they began planning their own

church functions. So isn’t it ironic that two people who always

wedding without a proposal or a ring. While Marissa busied her-

lived so closely together were never introduced formally? That all

self with pulling together arrangements for their dream wedding,

changed the day Ramon spotted Marissa on her way to work and

Ramon set to work organising the perfect proposal for his future

called out to her. Although Marissa was surprised by Ramon’s

bride. Recognising how important family was to the both of them,

gumption, she wasn’t surprised that the two had finally reached a

Ramon invited Marissa’s parents, as well as his own parents and

meeting point. To Marissa, it was destiny : “I always felt that our

his grandmother, to dinner at Harbourfront. When dinner had

paths would eventually cross.”

finished and the couple bid farewell to their families, they began

“I was impressed by his love for God and his involvement with

a slow walk hand-in-hand back to the parking lot. Along the way,

young people, and that he was a full-time dad,” says Marissa.

Ramon proceeded to tell Marissa all the reasons why he adored

Not wanting to let the opportunity pass them by, they exchanged

her and why she is the perfect woman for him. When the couple

numbers with a view to working together to plan an event benefit-

reached the top of the stairs at the entrance to the parking lot, Ra-

ing Bermuda’s youth through sport. “Little did I know that it

mon dropped to one knee and asked Marissa to spend the rest of

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her life with him. As a surprised Marissa


managed a “Yes!” both of their families reemerged from the parking lot, along with additional family members and close friends, and toasted the officially engaged couple. “The night ended with lots of smiles and non-alcoholic wine in the parking lot!” the couple recall fondly. Marissa and Ramon were married on October 12, 2012, at the First Church of God on North Shore Road, Pembroke. As devout Christians, the religious aspect of their wedding day was a top priority, so they chose to focus most of their attention on the ceremony. The gospel singing group Intended Worship was invited to lead the service, and Marissa surprised Ramon by walking down the aisle to “Bless the Broken Road” by Selah, a song he had played for her in the early stages of their relationship. The couple made sure their guests would understand the true meaning of their coming together to share in their special day by giving each of them a written explanation of “The Wedding Now and the Wedding to Come”: a comparison between the love Jesus has for the church and the love a groom has for his bride. Following the ceremony, the couple and their guests headed to Pier 6 on Front Street, not the intended location of their reception but one the couple had to decide upon at the last minute as inclement

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1. The couple chose to focus much of their attention on their ceremony, which was held at the First Church of God. 2. The couple put their spin on traditional wedding attire, with her in a strapless white dress from The White Gown and him in a blue suit from The Edge. Next page: 3. The bride’s bouquet was by El Shaddai Florist. 4 & 5. The couple and their wedding party stopped at Elbow Beach for photos before heading to their reception. 6. Juliette Jackson created the couple’s 5-tiered white wedding cake. www.bermudianweddings.com



weather rendered their original location,


Fort Hamilton, unrealistic. “We made the decision to move the reception to Pier 6 and although it wasn’t our first choice for our wedding day, we ended up being just as happy with the location,” the couple explained. Indeed the change in location worked out perfectly as the couple treated their guests to a celebration full of surprises. “I secretly met with Working Title, the reception band, before the wedding to rehearse a song I planned to perform for Ramon,” recalls Marissa. “Following our first dance, it was my turn to take the mic. I began singing to Ramon and he was totally surprised and beamed from ear to ear!” Throughout the rest of the evening the couple and their guests dined on food by Wilks Catering and danced the night

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away. “All in all it was a great night,” the couple explains. Once their big day was behind them, Marissa and Ramon set sail for the Caribbean, exploring numerous islands, sampling local dishes and relishing married life. For now, Marissa and Ramon are enjoying being husband and wife, but the future isn’t far from their minds. “In the next few years we hope to be married still, with a family, although we’re not stating numbers.” Something else they hope to be doing? Working together in a joint ministry serving young men and women—a project very similar to the one that started it all.


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Showered wi� Good Fort une Natalie McFarlane & Adam Carlson July 26, 2013 On July 1, 2009, in Trafalgar Square in London, England, two

wasn’t until the couple returned to London in the summer of 2012

transplanted Canadians met, and both of their lives were changed

that he decided to ask her to marry him. Adam chose Regent’s

forever. Natalie McFarlane and Adam Carlson were living in Lon-

Park for his proposal. When he and Natalie had lived in London

don, having relocated for job opportunities. Dressed in red, both

together their flat wasn’t far from the park, making it a favoured

joined the festivities in the famed square that day. In amongst

spot of theirs. Whilst there, amongst the blooms in the rose gar-

the thousands of others, Natalie and Adam met by chance and

den, Adam sweetly got down on one knee and asked Natalie if she

sparks flew. Two days later, Adam took Natalie on their first date.

would spend the rest of her life with him. Of course her answer

Three dates later, as they lay on the grass in Hyde Park, talking

was “Yes,” and the couple spent the rest of the afternoon sipping

and laughing, Adam knew that Natalie was the one. He affirmed

champagne at the National Portrait Gallery overlooking Trafalgar

his decision with a message he scrawled on an old envelope on

Square, the place where they had met three years before.

returning home from the park: “I will marry Natalie”—and dated it “August 23, 2009.”

With so many friends all over the world, Natalie and Adam initially worried about where to hold their nuptials. They wanted a

Natalie and Adam remained in London for another two years

location that was easily accessible to both their Canadian families

before moving back to Toronto together in 2011. Although Adam

and UK friends. When the Bermudian family friends offered their

had always known that Natalie was the one he wished to marry, it

Paget home and gardens to Natalie and Adam for their wed-

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“Nothing could ruin the day I was going to marry the man of my dreams.” ding ceremony, the engaged couple was overjoyed. It was the perfect location for beloved family and friends from opposite sides of the Atlantic to come together. With her in Vera Wang and him in Bermuda shorts, Natalie and Adam wed on July 26, 2013, in the rose garden of their family friend’s home. Clouds loomed overhead, but thankfully the rain delayed


until just moments after the couple said “I do.” “If rain is good luck then we have lots!” recalls Natalie. But despite the poor weather conditions, she adds, “Nothing could ruin the day I was going to marry the man of my dreams.” As the rain poured down, the decision was made to move their prearranged outdoor reception at the Coral Beach Club into the dining room—a decision that didn’t faze the bride or groom, and certainly not their guests, who feted the newlywed couple graciously. With speeches from the best man and maid of honour and a song written and dedicated

1. Natalie and Adam opted for a traditional horse and carriage ride to their reception, driven by Marquis Ranch. 2. The couple were joined by their immediate family as well as family and friends from all over the world. 3. Although the rain forced them to change their initial plans, the couple as well as their guests didn’t allow it to dampen the celebratory mood. 4. Although most of the wedding guests were from abroad, they opted to don traditional Bermuda shorts for the wedding. 5. The bride and her sister and maid-of-honour, Jane.

to the couple by the bride’s mother (“It



only took three dates to know she was the one”), Natalie and


Adam celebrated their marriage surrounded by the 90 guests who flew in from far and wide to be a part of their special day. Just after dinner was finished, the rain retreated and the entire wedding party took to the balcony to end the night dancing under the stars. Looking back, the couple agree their wedding day didn’t go according to plan, but they advise other couples that that’s no reason to stop celebrating. “No matter what you are thrown on your wedding day, just go with the flow and enjoy it; it’s never going to work out exactly how you planned.”

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DETAILS Photographer

Amanda Temple

Wedding Planner/Coordinator

The Bridal

Suite Rehearsal Dinner Location

Family friend’s

home Family friend’s home Coral Beach and Tennis Club Caterer Coral Beach and Tennis Club Florist Suzan Sickling Décor/Rental Designer Flowers Entertainment Scott Roy, Lifestyles Entertainment, Neville Darrell (cello & violin), Dennis Fox (pianist) Transportation Horse & carriage—Sue Marquis, train—Oleander Cycles Wedding Gown Vera Wang Maid of Honour Sash & Bustle Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire Versace & Brooks Brothers shorts Favours & Gifts Pink Bermuda sand Hair & Make-up Victoria Radford Ceremony Reception

6. The couple went for modern elegance as their wedding theme. 7. Coral Beach Club was the perfect location for the couple’s reception, despite the stormy weather outside.

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Real Weddings


From Russia wit h Love Olya Rozit & Niel Jones June 29, 2013

It was New Year’s Eve, 2009, in Moscow, Russia. Transplanted

exchanging simple phrases in both Russian and English. Even

Bermudian Niel Jones had just moved to Russia to take a second-

though they were limited in what they could express, they both

ment with Conyers Dill & Pearman. He found himself at Vodka

agreed there was something so special about the other that they

Bar with a colleague, keen to celebrate the end of the year in his

would do anything to be together. “I realised that I did not want

new Russian home. What he didn’t bargain for was meeting the

to let this man go,” explains Olya. “Even if I couldn’t talk to him

love of his life, Olya Rozit.

I wanted to be with him very, very much. I still vividly remember

Olya was at the same bar with her girlfriends, drinking

this strong desire to be with him, regardless of everything.”

champagne and dancing. “At one point, while we were danc-

And regardless of everything, the couple began dating immedi-

ing, I felt someone’s eyes on me,” tells Olya. “I thought, ‘What

ately. After six months together, Olya took it upon herself to enrol

a handsome Russian man.’” Niel’s sentiments for Olya were the

in an intensive programme to learn English. For eight months,

same: he garnered the courage and went over to talk to her. “He

she studied English for five hours a day. From that point onwards,

spoke in broken Russian with a heavy accent, ‘Privert, goverish po

the couple enjoyed a new level of communication, and it was then

Anglisky?’ which means, ‘Hi, do you speak English?’” recalls Olya.

that they were able properly to share their interests, hopes and

“I realised that he was a foreigner who didn’t speak Russian and

desires, falling head over heels in love with each other.

I didn’t know English, only simple phrases from school lessons.” The couple, determined to communicate, went back and forth

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In December 2012, after three years of dating, Niel was preparing to move back to Bermuda, his time with Conyers Dill & Pear-

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man, Russia, over. Together they hosted


a farewell party and invited 60 friends to their apartment to say goodbye to Niel. During the party, Olya tailored and performed a song for Niel: “From Olya, With Love.” When she had finished, Niel dropped to one knee and asked Olya to be his wife. With a simple “Yes,” their sad farewell party for one turned into a happy engagement party for two. With Niel in Bermuda and Olya in Russia, the couple hurriedly put together a Bermuda wedding with overtones of Russian tradition. Olya always dreamed of having a church wedding, something that is quite rare in Russia with most couples opting to marry in a civil ceremony. It worked out that the beautiful St. John’s Church, where Niel was christened, was available for their special day. “We wanted our ceremony to be traditional, formal and conducted in a place that would impress upon us and our guests the solemnity of the occasion,” the couple


1. Having a church wedding was important to the couple, particularly Olya who was used to civil ceremonies in Russia. 2. The couple managed to get permission to photograph at Grape Bay with their wedding party. 3 & 4. Fourways Catering created the couple’s wedding cake which depicted Olya fishing for her groom. 5. The traditional Bermuda garden party reception was held at friend Shelly Greene’s house. 6 & 7. With Niel from Bermuda and Olya from Russia, there was a mix of heritage and culture at the couple’s wedding. 8 & 9. The couple played to Niel’s love of boating and fishing with their photographer Sacha Blackburne. 10. The bride chose a beautiful white gown from Sottero & Midley while the groom was daper in a suit from the English Sports Shop. 50 | THE BERMUDIAN Weddings




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“We wanted our ceremony to be traditional, formal and conducted in a place that would impress upon us and our guests the solemnity of the occasion.”


explains. They even opted to have a Russian translator to interpret the exchange of vows for Olya’s family. Bishop Nicholas Dill officiated, treating the couple and their guests to a marriage analogy: One strand of rope, he told the congregation, is not strong enough on its own, but when three strands are woven together, they are



unbreakable. Bishop Dill explained that Olya is one strand of the rope and Niel is another, and that their faith in God is the third. Following such a formal ceremony, the couple welcomed their guests to a more laid-back, garden-style wedding reception at the home of friend and neighbour, Shelly Greene. The theme was a combination of both Bermudian and Russian culture. Catering to the Russian tradition

DETAILS Sacha Blackburne . Rehearsal Dinner Location Craig and Penny MacIntyre’s family home Ceremony St. John’s Church Reception Shelly Greene’s family home Caterer Island Restaurant Group Ltd Wedding Cake Four Ways Catering Invitations Pulp and Circumstance Florist Petals Décor/Rental Class Act Designs Entertainment Alex Holmes and Brian Steinhoff Transportation Cecil Lewis Wedding Gown Sottero and Midgley Hair Dina Detzer Make-Up MAC Photographer

Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire

English Sports Shop Favours & Gifts Matryoshka dolls and Bermuda sand ornaments

was a special performance of “Kalinka-Ma-


linka” by Russian girls in costume. Russian guests also took part in the “Gorka” chant, representing the guests’ wish for the happy couple to display their love with a kiss. And of course, no Russian gathering is complete without vodka, which was in ample supply. For their wedding favours, the couple cleverly handed out traditional Matryoshka, Russian nesting dolls, to their Bermudian guests and Bermuda sand ornaments to their Russian guests. Although the couple had to overcome a few serious immigration hurdles to get some of their 30 Russian guests to Bermuda to take part in their big day, this only emphasised the theme of Olya and Niel’s love story: that love conquers all and nothing must stand in the way of two people destined to be together.


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The Perfect

Bermuda Wedding North Carolina natives Kate and James chose Bermuda as their destination wedding location. After saying, “I do� at Cambridge House in Somerset, the newlyweds spoke with us about how they planned their Bermuda nuptials and gave advice to future destination wedding couples. Written by Gabrielle Boyer |


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Hello, Kate and James. Congratulations on tying the


1. Kate and James were married in the garden of Cambridge House in Somerset. 2. They included their family and friends in their nuptials by inviting them to gather in a circle to acknowledge the new community they created through marriage. 3. The couple’s family and friends collected plants and flowers from the island to create centerpieces and accents. 4. Cambridge House was brought to life with the lights, lanterns and decorations Kate and James brought to the island to decorate with.

we discovered that James’s grandmother worked in the house

knot! We’re so happy you chose Bermuda as the loca-

when it was the Irish Linen Shop. That made it an extra special

tion for your destination wedding. How did you decide

place to say, “I do.”

on Bermuda? James has family in Bermuda on his father’s side, which is our connection to the island. The fact that Bermuda is so beautiful made it an easy choice as our destination wedding location.

When you broke the news to family and friends that

Bermuda was the location of your destination wedding, how did they react? They were all so excited! All in all, we had 50 people at our wedding and only six of them actually live in Bermuda, so it was a great group of people we got to welcome to the island. They all stayed in Somerset at private cottages and all of them had a wonderful time.

Did you hire a wedding planner? No wedding planner, we did all the planning ourselves. That’s amazing! Obviously, planning a destination wedding is challenging from so far away. Did you run into any difficulties? We took a lot of the celebration on faith. We had no rain contingency plan, and the day we flew to Bermuda the forecast was 90 percent chance of rain all week. We fortunately landed in perfect weather and only had about two hours of light rain during the entire trip. The rest of the week, including the wedding day was sunny and spectacular! So having never seen the location of our wedding before, never having met the caterer

You got married at Cambridge House, an old Ber-

or photographer was a lot a lot to take on faith, but it could not

muda home next door to Cambridge Beaches. How did

have worked out better. Everything was great—the location, the

you decide on Cambridge House as the location of your

vendors, the guests, the photos and the food!

wedding? We selected Cambridge House while browsing vacation homes on-line. We knew it would be absolutely perfect for our wedding, and it was! Shortly after reserving it for our big day,

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How did you decide on Gavin Howarth as your wedding photographer? We loved his on-line portfolio and could not be happier with the photos he took of our wedding day! www.bermudianweddings.com



They are exquisite photographs, and you’re right, Gavin is a great photographer. Did you include anything “Bermudian” in your ceremony or reception? Bermuda’s natural flora and fauna are awe-inspiring. We both love coming to the island and truly chose it for its natural beauty. This natural beauty is

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what we chose as the backdrop of our entire wedding. We used Bermuda cedar, Spanish moss and hibiscus flowers for our decorations, and Kate’s aunt and cousins created a gorgeous flower arrangement from flowers around the property. Speaking of natural beauty, during the exchange of vows there were two doves sitting together in the tree above us; we thought it was very fitting. In your opinion, what is it about Bermuda that makes it the perfect destination wedding location? It’s

Your wedding celebration is one of the most personal, exciting and important days

the most beautiful place on earth. The

of your life. Let us arrange all the details; the food, bar, tenting, tables, chairs,

people are friendly, it’s close to the East

linens, china, silverware and floral centerpieces to complete the decor.

Coast and it’s easy to navigate and enjoy.

Our bartenders, waiters and chefs will cater to your guests’

Bermuda doesn’t have a sterile resort feel;

every need and our experienced catering specialists will create

even the resorts are more authentic than

your menu to your specifications. Flying Chef understands

anywhere else!

weddings and everything that makes them special.

What advice would you give other destination wedding couples getting married in Bermuda? Island Restaurant Group, Gavin Howarth and Petals are

We are very proud to be awarded the BEST CATERER AWARD 2010 & 2012

all wonderful to work with. Also, June is a bit cool in the water but the air temperature is perfect. Renting a cottage provides much more of a personal feeling than a resort and is likely less expensive, but definitely requires more faith and flexibility. www.bermudianweddings.com


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Sett ing Sail Kim and Carl celebrate their wedding onboard the Venetian. Photo by Gavin Howarth.

Saying “I do� on deck

The Venet ian

The Venetian is a 100- foot Azimut Benetti yacht, specially commissioned to provide its guests with unmatched luxury as well as the utmost privacy. Staffed by qualified individuals who are well versed in manning such a large vessel, the Venetian is a versatile yacht, allowing guests to go big or stay small depending on the size of their party.

What makes the Venetian perfect for a wedding? The Venetian provides all the elegance and glamour that a couple wishes to have on their wed-

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Five Reasons Why You Should Get Married on a Boat 1. Limit Your Guest List

Tying the knot on board a boat means that you have to keep your guest list to a minimum. Although this is bad news for your distant cousins who probably won’t receive an invite, it’s great for you because it means that you can keep costs to a minimum. An added bonus is that unless they’re trying to pull up alongside on a paddle board, wedding crashers will have to stay ashore while you celebrate your wedding with only your closest family and friends. 2. For the Love of Docksides

Boating obviously calls for boating shoes, meaning your groom and his groomsmen can wear their Docksides instead of having to fork out for dress shoes they’ll never wear again. 3. Nautical Nautiness

Forget trying to decide on a wedding theme, yours is nautical. From the cake to the decorations and everything in between, your day will incorporate pink sand, Bermuda blue and plenty of ocean-inspired details. Spend your first moments as husband and wife doing the Titanic pose at the bow of the ship and later take a late-night dip in the sea with your wedding party. 4. Everything Tastes Better on the Water

Whether you’ve realised it or not, everything edible tastes better when eaten aboard a boat. Champagne, lobster, caviar, and even wedding cake is more delicious with the addition of salty sea air and the gentle rocking motion provided by the Atlantic Ocean. 5. The Best Views

All joking aside, if you want ocean views on your wedding day, the best location is on a boat. You can even make a grand exit on a jet ski, speeding off into the setting sun.


The Venetian

ding day. With four spectacular staterooms, numerous wooden decks and the finest food and beverages, the newly married couple and their guests are whisked away in the lap of luxury for a cruise like no other around Bermuda.

Is there weather-contingency space? There is plenty of interior space as well as a covered area on the fly deck.

Food & drinks? Owned and operated by MEF, the Venetian can cater to any meal preference, be it an intimate dinner for two or hors d’oeuvres for a large group. A full-service bar is available on the Venetian, and guests may preorder wines from Little Venice.

Does the Venetian follow a specific route when chartering or can couples request a special route? Couples can request a specific route, but the weather will determine whether the route requested can be followed or not.

What is the cost of chartering the Venetian? The Venetian has many different charters available, ranging in price from $1,600 to $7,000. Contact Emma Simmons for the cost of your specific charter. Couples are advised to book their charter as soon as possible.

What is the Venetian’s cancellation policy? Charters cancelled by the client are subject to a charge which varies from $300 to the full charter cost, depending on the notice given. Charters cancelled by the captain are given a full deposit refund if not rescheduled.

Charters offered by the Venetian: Two-hour breakfast cruise, three-hour lunch/afternoon cruise, two-hour cocktail cruise, four-hour evening/dinner cruise, whole-day cruise (12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and overnight cruise based on 17 hours (6:00 p.m. to 11:00 a.m.).

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The UberVida What makes the UberVida perfect for a wedding? The UberVida has a clean, sophisticated interior of white and navy with wood accents, making it the perfect canvas for guests to decorate. The boat is also fitted with a state-of-the-art surround sound system, which renders the vows, speeches and after-party music perfectly audible to all the guests. There is space on board for a DJ, as well as two dance floors that can be set up according to a couple’s wishes.

Wedding services offered by the UberVida: Family meet-and-greet, pre-wedding

The UberVida

The UberVida was built in the late 1960s in Plymouth, England. At the time of its construction, the UberVida was one of the only all-fibreglass yachts, as well as the largest catamaran, in existence. The boat was commissioned by an Englishman who was so afraid of nuclear fallout that he wanted to board the UberVida and spend time out at sea until it was safe to return to land. When the threat of nuclear war had subsided, he sold the UberVida in St. Maarten, where she acted as the only ferry between St. Maarten, St. Bart’s and Anguilla until 1995 when a hurricane struck and the yacht was wrecked. The greatly damaged UberVida lay in a boat yard for 13 years before Bermudian Denis Owen found her in 2008 and started to fix her up. It took Owen two years of continual work until the UberVida was ready to set sail once again, making the celebratory journey of over 800 miles through the Bermuda Triangle to her new home in Bermuda. Since arriving in Bermuda in 2010, the UberVida has become the go-to yacht for celebrating any occasion. Winning The Bermudian magazine’s Best of Bermuda Award for “Best Private Party Boat Charter” in both 2012 and 2013, is proof that the UberVida has taken well to her new life in Bermuda’s waters.

The Crew

mixer, sunset cruise through Paradise Lake before the wedding, rehearsal dinner, post-wedding decompression cruise and more.

Is there weather-contingency space aboard the UberVida? In the event of inclement weather, couples are advised to have a backup venue as the UberVida was built as an outdoor venue.

Food & drinks? The UberVida works with preferred caterers to provide food on board and can accommodate any food requests. Couples can work with the Uber Crew to put together a cocktail menu for their special day.

Does the UberVida work with preferred vendors or can couples supply their own?

The “Uber Crew,” as they are known, are a professional team with an eye for even the

The UberVida usually works with pre-

slightest detail. They work hard to provide for their guests, striving to make each charter

ferred vendors, but couples are welcome to

as special as possible.

select and hire their own vendors as well.

What makes the UberVida special?

Does the UberVida follow a specific route when chartering or can couples request a special route?

The UberVida is licensed to accommodate up to 150 people standing or 50 people for a sit-down dinner. She features several decks, as well as several small, intimate lounge areas, making the space versatile enough to accommodate diverse groups and occasions. The stern of the boat boasts a large swim platform, and her shallow draft enables the UberVida to get into almost any bay or dock on the island.

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Couples can request a specific route, but wind and weather conditions obviously play a role in whether that route can be followed on the day of the charter. www.bermudianweddings.com

What is the cost of chartering the UberVida? The UberVida’s basic price is $600 per hour with a two-hour minimum. The price is inclusive of staff, as well as any tables, chairs and cutlery used. Couples are advised to book as early as possible.

What is the UberVida’s cancellation policy? A deposit of 50 percent is required at the time of booking. The remaining balance must be paid in full one week prior to the charter date. If the charter is cancelled by the client and not rescheduled, no refund will be given. If the charter is cancelled by the UberVida, a full refund will be given.

Contact information: Roxana Huci T: (441) 236-2222 E: ubervidabda@gmail.com W: www.ubervida.net

The UberVida

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Alexis Rogowsky & Todd Hippe, May 26, 2013

Jill “Sweetcheeks” Montgomery & Brendan “Tank” Kemp, June 8, 2013

With 80 friends and family members in attendance, Sweetcheeks and Tank were married by Reverend Calvin Stone at Caso’s Point, The Reefs. Stunning turquoise waters and a pink sandy beach formed the backdrop of the ceremony and cocktail hour, which was followed by a reception at Coconuts where the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed dinner, drinks and dancing.

Photo by Sacha Blackburne

Alexis and Todd were married on the gorgeous balcony of the Fairmont Southampton’s Ocean Club against a backdrop of breaking waves and ocean views. The romantic ceremony under the palm trees was conducted by Pastor Charly Franks, with stunning photographs by Gavin Howarth. A charming reception under the stars was followed by Dark ‘n’ Stormies, dancing and a send-off featuring sparkling floating lanterns.

Photo by Sacha Blackburne

Photo by Gavin Howarth


With 40 friends and family members in attendance, Marissa and Jason were married by Bishop Nicholas Dill at a sunset ceremony on the pink sands of the Rosewood Tucker’s Point beach. A delightful candlelit reception followed at the Rosewood Tucker’s Point Beach Club, where the newlyweds and their guests dined and danced beneath the stars. A spectacular bonfire on the beach concluded the festivities.

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photo by Kandise Brown

Marissa Alarie & Jason Santos, June 1, 2013

Hannah Nissen & Theron Williams, May 26, 2013

Hannah and Theron were married by Reverend Raths and Malcolm Eve at the Unfinished Church in St. George’s with 120 friends and family members in attendance. An amazing reception at the Bermuda National Trust’s Waterville followed, where the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed dinner and dancing and the H&H Gombeys put on a special show for the couple’s overseas guests—showing them just how Bermudians like to celebrate. www.bermudianweddings.com

Christine Dunkley & Kyle Dailey, October 5, 2013

With 200 friends and family members in attendance, Christine and Kyle were married by Bishop Nicholas Dill at Holy Trinity Church in Bailey’s Bay. A stunning reception at the Mid Ocean Beach Club followed, with the newlyweds and their guests enjoying dinner, a beautiful sunset and a night of dancing with DJ All Star Productions.

Alexandria Tatem & Carlos Rego, April 6, 2013

With 150 friends and family members in attendance, Lexi and Carlos were married by Reverend Gordon Shaw at Mickey’s at Elbow Beach. The service was followed by dinner for the newlyweds and their guests at Cafe Lido. The tables were named for Bermuda beaches—with the head table being John Smith’s Bay where Carlos proposed. The party continued long into the night with dancing at The Deep. www.bermudianweddings.com

Photo by gavin howarth

Photo by Sacha Blackburne

Photo by gavin howarth

Overlooking the ocean, with approximately 90 friends and family members in attendance, Sara Greenspan and Jeremy Cantor were married by Rabbi Eli Mallon at Caso’s Point, The Reefs. A memorable reception followed at the Ocean Echo Restaurant, where the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed dinner and danced all night long.

Photo by amanda temple

Photo by Sacha Blackburne

Sara Greenspan & Jeremy Cantor, May 18, 2013

Terrylynn Tyrell & Demaune Millard, May 17, 2013

Sarah Berlis & Ian Morrison, June 1, 2013

Surrounded by immediate family and friends, Terrylynn and Demaune were married by Pastor Dean Smith at Caso’s Point, The Reefs. After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed cocktail hour at Caso’s Point, followed by dinner at Coconuts overlooking Bermuda’s beautiful ocean shoreline.

With 150 friends and family members in attendance, Sarah and Ian were married by Pastor Charly Franks on a bright and sunny day at a family property in Somerset. A marvellous reception followed, with the newlyweds and their guests enjoying dinner and dancing under a full moon with Sheila Gosling’s washing machine rum swizzle. Spring 2014 | 61

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Melonie Munro & Khabir Dill, June 1, 2013

Rachel Willitts & Will Gonzalez, August 17, 2013

With 80 friends and family members in attendance, Rachel and Will were married by Pastor Charly Franks on Gates’ Bay Beach, St. George’s. The couple and their guests celebrated with cocktails and dinner in time to enjoy a perfect sunset at The Beach House, adjacent to Fort St. Catherine.

Photo by Gavin howarth

Photo by Wilfred Dederer

With 200 friends and family members in attendance, Melonie and Khabir were married by Reverend David at Port Royal Golf Course on a beautiful sunny day. A lively reception at the Port Royal Club House followed, with the newlyweds and their guests enjoying hors d’oeuvres and dancing to music played by DJ China.

Photo by Amanda temple

Photo by Susan Thomas


Honey Adams & Peter Bell, November 21, 2012 Megan Albano & Scott Quimby, May 25, 2013

Megan and Scott tied the knot in front of 100 guests in the Harbourview Ballroom at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Following the ceremony, the bride and groom and their guests enjoyed a candle-lit reception at the Fairmont Southampton with dinner and dancing overlooking the sparkling south shore. Earlier in the day, a break in the rain produced a dazzling rainbow for the newlyweds, and later Megan and Scott enjoyed their first dance together as husband and wife on the Ocean Club’s terrace. 62 | THE BERMUDIAN Weddings

With 33 friends in attendance, Honey and Peter were married at Moonhole Beach in Bequia, Grenadines. A delightful reception followed, with the newlyweds and their guests enjoying a buffet lunch of local Grenadine dishes and dancing to a live band.


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Shabazz Bakery 234-1601

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CATERING, CAKES & BAR Bermuda Hospitality Group 10 Angle St, Hamilton, 292-6503 Bouquet Garni 335-7079, www.bouquetgarnicatering.com Brunswick St Bakery 19 Brunswick St, Hamilton, 2961442 Burrows Lightbourn Ltd. 2 Addendum Ln, Pembroke, 2950176 Buzz Catering Service Washington Mall Upper Level, 20 Church St, Hamilton, 537-6503 Cake Shop 17 Curving Ave, Pembroke, 2925141 Cake Boutique Celebration 304-8181

Fourways Inn & Catering 1 Middle Rd, Paget, 236-6517, www.fourwaysinn.com, info@ fourways.bm Gosling’s Ltd. 9 Dundonald St, Hamilton, 2951125, www.goslingsrum.com The Image Catering 234-4090, imagecatering@gmail. com Island Restaurant Group 295-3648, www.irg.bm, catering@ irg.bm Kenny’s Homestyle Bakery & Catering 295-2340 MEF Enterprises Ltd. 18 Reid St, Hamilton, 295-8279, www.diningbermuda.com, info@ mef.bm North Street Bakery 6 North Shore Rd, Flatts, 2923988 Port O’ Call Cakes 87 Front St, Hamilton, 295-5373 Portuguese Bakery 11 Addendum Ln, Pembroke, 2961222

Sweet P 747-2060 Sweet Saak Bakery 535-2253 Tasteful Sensations 234-0531 Triple J’s Products (Juliette Jackson) 238-2813 Wilks Catering 39 Devon Spring Rd, Devonshire, 236-3584 Zaki Bakery 40 Court St, Hamilton, 292-8250

CHARTERS & CRUISES Ana Luna Adventures 504-3780 Andrea Christine Charters 236-1258 Aristocat Catamaran 236-1300 Bermuda Barefoot Cruises 236-3498 Bermuda Dream Cruises 292-8401 Fantasea Diving and Cruises 236-1300 Lady Boats 236-0127 Lady Tamara Charters 236-0127 M.V. Defiance Cruises 238-8346

M.V. Longtail Cruises 296-5263 M.V. Venetian 704-3000, www.venetian.bm, info@venetian.bm Oyster Point Yacht Charters 238-7245 Spellbound Charters 236-6556, www.spellbound.bm Spirit of Bermuda 737-5665 UberVida 236-2222, www.ubervida.net, ubervidabda@gmail.com

FLORISTS Demco 14 South Shore Rd, Devonshire, 234-7777, www.demco.bm, demco@northrock.bm Designer Flowers Heron Bay Marketplace Plaza, 227 Middle Rd, Southampton, 238-1490 East End Flower Alley 297-1929, www.eastendfloweralley.com El Shaddai 236-2469, www.elshaddaiflorist. com Flowers by GiMi 37 Front St, Hamilton, 297-4464, www.flowersbygimi.com, info@ flowersbygimi.com Gardine’s Flowers ‘N’ Things Marketplace Plaza, Shelly Bay, 110 North Shore Rd, Hamilton Parish, 293-4971 Petals 292-7303, www.petalsbermuda. com

GIFTS A.S. Cooper & Sons, Ltd. 59 Front St, Hamilton, 295-3961, www.ascooper.bm Bermuda Gifts & Ideas 505-4438, www.bermudagiftideas.com Bermuda Jam Factory www.bermudajamfactory.com, info@bermudajamfactory.com

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Bermuda Perfumery 5 Queen St, St. George’s, 2930627, www.bermuda-perfumery. com Bermuda Stripping & Refinishing 236-2886 Birdsey Studio 236-6658, linberg@northrock.bm Bluck’s 4 Front St, Hamilton, 295-5367 Brown & Co. 3 Front St, Hamilton, 295-3838 Dockside Glass & Rum Cakes 297-8104 Gibbons Company 21 Reid St, Hamilton, 295-0022 Horton’s–The Original Black Rum Cake 293-8805, www.hortons.bm International Imports 44 Par-la-Ville Rd, Hamilton, 2921661, interim@northrock.bm Irish Linen Shop 31 Front St, Hamilton, 295-4089, irishlinen@logic.bm Island Shop 3 Queen St, Hamilton, 292-5292 Island Trading 93 Reid St, Hamilton, 292-0400, www.islandtradingbda.com, info@ islandtrading.bm Louis Vuitton Unit 2, Butterfield Place, 67 Front St, Hamilton, 296-1940 Otto Wurz Vallis Bldg, Hamilton, 295-1247 Pulp & Circumstance 4 Washington Ln, Hamilton, 5429586

HOTELS & VENUES Astwood Park 236-5902 Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo 40 North Shore Rd, Flatts, 2932727, www.bamz.org Bermuda Botanical Gardens 169 South Rd, Paget, 236-5902 Bermuda National Trust www.bermudianweddings.com

2 Pomander Ln, Paget, 236-6483, www.bnt.bm Bermuda Society of Arts 17 Church St, City of Hamilton, 292-3824, www.bsoa.com Cambridge Beaches 30 King’s Point Rd, Somerset, 2340331, www.cambridgebeaches. com Coco Reef Resort South Shore Rd, Paget, 236-5416, info@cocoreef.bm Commissioner’s House #1, The Keep, Sandys, 234-1418, www.bmm.bm Coral Beach & Tennis Club 236-2233, www.coralbeachclub. com Elbow Beach Hotel 60 South Shore Rd, Paget, 2363535, www.mandarinoriental. com/bermuda Fairmont Hamilton Princess 76 Pitt’s Bay Rd, Hamilton, 2953000, reservations@fairmont.com, www.fairmont.com Fairmont Southampton Resort South Shore Rd, Southampton, 238-8000, southampton@fairmont. com Fort St. Catherine 15 Coot Pond Rd, St. Catherine’s Point, St. George’s, 297-1920 Greenbank Guest House and Cottages 17 Salt Kettle Rd, Paget, 236-3615, www.greenbankbermuda.com Grotto Bay Beach Resort 11 Blue Hole Hill, Hamilton Parish, 293-8333, www.grottobay.com Lady Boats 236-0127, www.ladyboats.com, ladyboats@northrock.bm Mid Ocean Club 293-0330, themidoceanclubbermuda.com Newstead Belmont Hills 27 Harbour Rd, Paget, 236-6060, www.newsteadbelmonthills.com Pink Beach Club & Cottage Colony 116 South Shore Rd, Tucker’s Town,

293-1666, www.pinkbeach.com


Pompano Beach Club 36 Pompano Beach Rd, Southampton, 234-0222, www.pompanobeachclub.com

Astwood Dickinson Co. Ltd. 83-85 Front St, Hamilton, 2925805, www.astwooddickinson. com, www.astwooddickinson.bm

The Reefs 56 South Shore Rd, Southampton,

Atlantic Jewellery Studio Washington Mall, 18 Church St, Hamilton, 296-1554, www. atlanticjewellery.com, jacquie@ atlanticjewellery.com

238-0222, www.thereefs.com Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club 26 Riddell’s Bay, Warwick, 2381060, www.riddellsbay.com Rosedon Hotel 61 Pitt’s Bay Rd, Pembroke, 2951640, www.rosedonbermuda.com Rosemont Guest Apartments 41 Rosemont Ave, Pembroke, 2921055, www.rosemont.bm Rosewood Tucker’s Point 60 Tucker’s Point Dr, Harrington Sound, 298-4000, www.rosewoodtuckerspoint.com

Davidrose Jewelry 20 Water St, St. George’s, 2367673, www.davidrose.bm, info@ davidrose.bm E. R. Aubrey 101 Front St, Hamilton, 296-3171 Everrich Jewellery 28 Queen St, Hamilton, 295-2110 Gem Cellar Bermuda Old Cellar Ln, 47 Front St, Hamil-

Royal Palms Hotel 24 Rosemont Ave, Pembroke, 2921854, www.royalpalms.bm St. George’s Club 6 Rose Hill, St. George’s, 2971200, www.stgeorgesclub.bm St. George’s Foundation Admirals Walk, 16 Water St, St. George’s, 297-8043, www. stgeorgesfoundation.org Surf Side 236-7100, www.surfsidebermuda. com Tom Moore’s Tavern 7 Walsingham Ln, Harrington Sound, Hamilton Parish, 293-8020, www.tommoores.com Waterville The Bermuda National Trust, 2 Pomander Rd, Paget, 236-6483, www.bnt.bm

JEWELLERY Airy Heights Design 293-0431, 333-1230, www.airyheights.com, airyheights@logic.bm Alexandra Mosher Jewellery Washington Mall West, 7 Reid St, Hamilton, 236-9009 , www. alexandramosher.com, studio@ Spring 2014 | 65



ton, 292-3042 H.S. & J.E. Crisson Ltd. 55 Front St, Hamilton, 295-2351, www.crisson.com, info@crisson.bm Kirk’s Jewellery Design & Repair Butterfield Place, 67 Front St, Hamilton, 296-9428 Link to Link 20 North Shore Rd, Hamilton Parish, 293-7933 Sovereign Jewelers 13 Reid St, Hamilton, 292-7933, www.sovereign.bm, sovereign@ logic.bm Swiss Timing 95 Front St, Hamilton, 295-1376 Walker Christopher 9 Front St, Hamilton, 295-1466, www.walkerchristopher.com, info@ walkerchristopher.com

MUSIC Adrian Ridgeway 297-2192 A&P Mobile DJ Service 293-6014 Bermuda Islands Pipe Band 297-1805 Bermuda Musical Limbo Revue 293-0959 Craig Darrell “Bubbles” Mobile Disco 238-3455



360° Visual Video Production 297-3600, www.360visualvp.com

Atlantic Printing Services 13 Addendum Ln, Pitt’s Bay Rd, Pembroke, 293-3915

Alex Masters Photography 705-2868, www.alexmasters.is Allan Davidson Photography 335-1740, www.bermudaphotos. com Amanda Temple Photography 236-2339, www.amandatemple. com Antoine Hunt 505-9108, www.antoinehunt.com Artistic Impressions 232-3320, www.artisticimpressionsphotography.net Becky Spencer Photography 238-5236, www.beckyspencer. com Bruce Leseur Photography 236-6461, bleseur@northrock.bm Double D Videography 292-3347, www.ddvideography. com Gavin Howarth Photography 532-3234, www.gavinhowarth. com Jill Rubinchak Photography 799-8820

Danny Garcia 238-1777

Moongate Productions 300-5005, www.moongateproductions.com

Kevin Michael Ingham 238-3375

Photographic Associates 295-5619, www.simonsstudio.com

Legacy Band 337-2861 Razzle Dazzle Mobile Music Services 236-6870

Sacha Blackburne Photography 293-5088, www.sachablackburne. com

Tempo Entertainment Ltd. 335-0205

Two+Quarter Studios 295-1072, www.photo214.com

Tony Bari 236-1314

Visual Impact Photography 295-4755, www.viphotograph. com

Working Title 516-0281

Wayne Todd Photography 293-8713 Zeudi Hinds Photography 737-5077, www.zeudihindsphotography.com

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Flying Fish 69 Pitt’s Bay Rd, Pembroke, 2952167 Fourways Inn & Cottage Colony 1 Middle Rd, Paget, 236-6517

Bermuda Press Ltd. 13 Addendum Ln, Pitt’s Bay Rd, Pembroke, 292-6100, www.bermudapress.bm

Fresco’s Wine Bar & Restaurant Chancery Ln, Hamilton, 295-5058

Engravers Ltd. 295-7118, www.engravers.bm

Harbourfront Restaurant BUEI, 40 Crow Ln, Pembroke, 295-4207

Island Press Ltd. 
 19 Elliot St, Hamilton, 295-1944 Pulp & Circumstance Papers 4 Washington Ln, Hamilton, 5429586 Triangle Press Ltd. 104 St. John’s Rd, Pembroke, 2921614

RESTAURANTS Ascots Restaurant 24 Rosemont Ave, Pembroke, 2959644 Barracuda Grill 5 Burnaby Hill, Hamilton, 2921609 Bacci Fairmont Southampton Resort, 101 South Shore Rd, Southampton, 238-2555 Beau Rivage Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort, 96 Harbour Rd, Paget, 232-8686 Bistro J Chancery Ln, Hamilton, 296-8546 Blû Bar & Grill 97 Middle Rd, Warwick, 2322323 Bolero Brasserie 95 Front St, Hamilton, 292-4507 Café Cairo Restaurant 93 Front St, Hamilton, 295-5155 Cambridge Beaches 30 King’s Point Rd, Sandys, 2340331 Coconuts at The Reefs 56 South Rd, Southampton, 2380222

Frog & Onion Pub and Restaurant Royal Naval Dockyard, 234-2900

Harley’s Restaurant The Fairmont Hamilton Princess, 76 Pitt’s Bay Rd, Pembroke, 295-3000 Harry’s at the Waterfront 96 Pitt’s Bay Rd, Hamilton, 2925533 Henry VIII Pub & Restaurant 69 South Shore Rd, Southampton, 238-1977 Hog Penny Restaurant 5 Burnaby St, Hamilton, 292-2534 House of India 57 North St, Hamilton, 295-6450 Lido Restaurant Elbow Beach Sea Terrace, Paget, 236-9884 Mickey’s Beach Bistro & Bar Elbow Beach Sea Terrace, Paget, 236-9107 Pickled Onion 53 Front St, Hamilton, 295-2263 Hog Penny Restaurant 5 Burnaby Hill, Hamilton, 2922534 La Trattoria 23 Washington Ln, Hamilton, 2951877 Little Venice 32 Bermudiana Rd, Hamilton, 295-3503 L’Oriental Restaurant 32 Bermudiana Rd, Hamilton, 296-7475 The Dining Room 68 St. Anne’s Rd, Southampton, 238-8679 Lobster Pot & Boathouse Bar 6 Bermudiana Rd, Hamilton, 2926898 www.bermudianweddings.com

Pearl Sushi Restaurant 87 Front St, Hamilton, 295-9343 Pickled Onion 53 Front St., Hamilton, 295-2263 Port O’Call 87 Front St, Hamilton, 295-5373 Red Steakhouse and Bar 55 Front St., Hamilton, 292-7331 Rustico 8 North Shore Rd, Flatts, 295-5212 The Point 60 Tucker’s Point Dr, Harrington Sound, 298-4000 Tom Moore’s Tavern Bailey’s Bay, Hamilton Parish, 293-8020 Victoria Grill 29 Victoria St, Hamilton, 2965050 Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio Water St, St. George’s, 297-1307

RENTALS & TENTS Apex Ice and Party Rentals 234-6994, 337-4240 Bermuda Rentals 25 Serpentine Rd, Pembroke, 292-7172



Allure – An Aveda Salon 12 Church St, Hamilton, 292-4063

ASX Luxury Transport 505-2814

Bang Bang Hair 53 Reid St, Hamilton, 292-2051

Beeline Transport 293-0303

Bersalon 295-4808 Gillian’s Beauty Salon 14 South Shore Rd, Devonshire, 232-0496 Inverurie Day Spa Fairmont Hamilton Princess, 76 Pitt’s Bay Rd, Pembroke, 295-7016 La Serena Spa The Reefs, 56 South Shore Rd, Southampton, 239-0184 Lush Makeup Lash & Brow Bar 20 Church St, Washington Mall, 2nd Floor, Hamilton, 295-5874 Newstead Spa Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort, 27 Harbour Rd, Paget, 249-7119 Ocean Spa at Cambridge Beaches 30 King’s Point Rd, Sandys, 2340331, www.cambridgebeaches. com Salon 27 27 Reid St, Hamilton, 295-2727

Bermuda Executive Limo 292-0282 Bermuda Train Company 236-3130 Bermudaful Moments 333-5886, www.bermudafulmoments.com, info@bermudafulmoments.com BTA Dispatching Ltd 296-2121 CEO Transport 234-4366 Exclusively Elite Executive Taxi Service 333-4985 Lady Bug Services 535-1283 Rover Executive Transport 335-9100 V.I.P. Taxi Service 534-8688, www.viptaxibermuda. com

TRAVEL PLANNERS Bermuda Travel 781-662-1953, www.bermudatravel.bm, info@bermudatravel.bm

Class Act Designs 45 Middle Rd, Devonshire, 5347493, classactdesigns@logic.bm

Salon Pink 14 Parliament St, Hamilton, 2957465

D’Crazy Rentals & Party Planning 333-0053 Especially For You 333-5872

Serenity Spa 33 Pompano Beach Rd, Southampton, 292-1126

Exclusive Events 10 Well Bottom Rd, Warwick, 236-3455, www.eebermuda.com

Spa at Elbow Beach 60 South Shore Rd, Paget, 2363535

Grandview Tent Rentals 17 Cherry Dale, Smith’s, 297-8850

Strands Hair Salon & Skin Spa 31 Reid St, Hamilton, 295-0935, www.strands.bm, info@strands.bm

Island Rentals 295-5134

Tangles Hair Salon 20 Reid St, Hamilton, 292-8294

Meyer-Franklin Travel 35 Church St, Hamilton, 295-4176, www.meyer.bm, etravel@meyer.bm

Transformations 6 Walker Arcade, Reid St, Hamilton, 295-4304

Olivers Travel Service 236-6304, sue@oliverstravel.bm

Lambert & Lambert Canopy Rentals 236-1519, elambert@northrock.bm Pavilion Tents 705-3061 Undercover Tent Rentals 3 Belleholme, 2nd Ave, Pembroke, 296-0127


Rosewood Tucker’s Point Spa 298-4000

Worldview Travel Ltd. 10-12 Burnaby St, Hamilton, 2923033, www.worldviewtravel.bm, info@worldviewtravel.bm Global Travel Limited 52 Reid St, Hamilton, 296-7900, www.globaltravelbda.com Infinity Travel Ltd. 293-8078, isousa@infinity-bda. com

WEDDING & EVENT PLANNERS All the Trimmings 535-9992, www.allthetrimmings. bm, Katie@allthetrimmings.bm Bermuda Bride 295-8697, www.bermudabride. com Bermuda Event Solutions 236-9469, www.eventsolutions.bm, info@eventsolutions.bm Bermuda Fairytale Weddings 599-0756, www.bermudafairytaleweddings.com The Bridal Suite 292-2025, www.bridalsuitebermudaweddings.com, inquiry@ bridalsuitebermudawedding.com Exclusive Events Bermuda 15 Wellbottom Rd, Warwick, 238-3331, www.eebermuda.com, exclusiveevents@northrock.bm Kreative Koncepts 537-2237, www.kreativekoncepts. biz Paget Park Flowers & Events 232-7275, info@pagetpark.com Planning Factory International 531-7250, www.planningfactory. com Rose of Sharon Wedding Coordinators 232-2853, www.rosbda.com Select Sites Group 292-9741, www.selectsitesgroup. com Sweet Dreams Bridal Consultants 232-0793, www.sweetdreamsbermuda.com, sweetdreamsbermuda@ yahoo.com To Have and To Hold Wedding and Event Planning 236-7473, www.tohaveandtoholdbermuda.com

Watlington & Conyers Ltd. 15 Front St West, Hamilton, 2953815

Willow Stream Spa Fairmont Southampton Resort, 238-8000 Spring 2014 | 67


Bridal Blunders The biggest mistakes, mishaps and hilarious moments from real Bermuda weddings Raining Dark ‘n’ Stormy

rain stopped, and our guests were able to

Our friends decided that something

“We had planned a boat cruise for our

enjoy the scenery and a beautiful sunset.”

had to be done, so they got behind the

guests on the night before the wedding. An hour before the boat was to leave the dock, the sky opened up and it began to rain. We had 90 guests, and only 45 fit under the boat’s awning. Given the time and effort we had spent planning everything, we were reluctant to cancel the boat cruise. We decided to press on and face the rain. When we told everyone that we had plenty of traditional Bermudian food, Dark ‘n’ Stormies and rum swizzles on board, our guests were happy to shuttle down to the boat through the rain and cram under the boat’s awning. Within 20 minutes the

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Dad Down “My father was so nervous to walk me

DJ booth and started picking out songs to play. They put on the DJ’s headset, and the DJ equipment became our own

down the aisle that halfway down the aisle

personal jukebox. The DJ was a great

he tripped and almost caused both my

sport about it and we have some awesome

mother and me to fall over! It was very

pictures of it all!”

embarrassing, but luckily we managed to of the guests.”

Wedding Dress: Lost and Found


free, we followed all the advice from the

recover. It even resulted in a gasp from all

“To keep the wedding dress wrinkle“Even though we provided a list of song

bridal salon. The dress was double-bagged,

suggestions to the DJ well in advance of

carefully carried, and then hung up in the

our wedding reception, he decided to go

first-class cabin thanks to some helpful

his own way and play whatever he wanted.

airline staff. Nevertheless, the dress was www.bermudianweddings.com

quite wrinkled by the time we arrived in Bermuda. We took it to the cleaners and were told to pick it up on the day of the wedding. When a bridesmaid went to collect it, however, she was told they did not have the wedding dress. Thank goodness the dress was found after much anxiety, and the bride did not find out about the almost-disaster until after the wedding.”

Foul Wedding Weather

Jo Birdsey Linberg

“We were in Bermuda for 10 days and the only day when there was even a drop of rain was our wedding day. Every detail of

The Birdsey Studio, 5 Stowe Hill, Paget PG05 t: 441-236-5845 (Home) 441-236-6658 (Studio) e: linberg@northrock.bm

our wedding was planned for outside. We even rented a boat to take our 100 guests

Original and Unique Artwork in Watercolour & Oil

to the wedding ceremony—which was outside! Our ceremony, reception and all

Landscapes and Seascapes of Bermuda, Figurative Work and Art for Children

had to be moved inside. Despite the rain we still managed to have the most amaz-

Studio Hours: Mon–Fri, 10:30am–1:00pm Appointments Recommended

ing time. And we have some of the most amazing sunset pictures ever!”

Visa Amex Mastercard

Overgrown Arrival “After the make-up artist and hairdresser put their finishing touches on the bridesmaids, we were picked up in a traditional Bermuda horse-drawn carriage for the short ride to the location where the wedding ceremony and reception were taking place. As we entered the property via the back entrance there were low-hanging branches which we couldn’t get by, so my uncle had to run down with a machete and cut them back to allow the carriage to get up to the house so the ceremony could begin.”

Best Man, Bad Behaviour “The best man swore up a storm throughout his speech!”

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot! “The humidity was so high on the day

of our wedding that our cake began to melt. In addition to the sweating cake, the groomsmen were on the dance floor shirtless by the end of the night!” www.bermudianweddings.com

Dream day… dream location Make your wedding truly historic at…


Rental details from Planning Factory at 236-0514 or lindsay@planningfactory.com Sacha Blackburne photo

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parting shot

Terrylynn Tyrell & Demaune Millard May 17, 2013

Photo by Sacha Blackburne

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