Laura and Uk were married at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, in Soufriere, Saint Lucia on June 14. No doubt it was a destination. After all they did get engaged in Paris! “We were visiting Paris, where I used to work,” Laura said. “On our first night of a two-week trip, we went to dinner at the top of a museum right next to the Eiffel Tower. We went onto the rooftop deck to check out the sights, and I was taking photos. When I turned around Uk was down on one knee.” They choose a venue that was located within a tropical rainforest. “We loved the hotel, Sugar Beach, because of the beautiful architecture and design, and of course, the gorgeous beach.” The bride wore a sweetheart tulle a-line wedding gown with illusion straps, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Betsey Johnson bow peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit with a white button-up shirt, accessorized with no tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral peplum dresses and carried bouquets of ginger and anthuriums. Guests were greeted with welcome bags filled with sunscreen and aloe, and bonus: a hangover kit, just in case of emergencies. Despite the rain showers, the ceremony took place on the sunset deck overlooking panoramic views of the volcanic Anse des Pitons. A steel bass band performed during the processional and recessional too. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! The reception followed shortly thereafter. The colonial-themed restaurant tables were decorated with white linens, floating candles in staggered vase centerpieces, and lace doily-inspired place cards at each setting. “Having our close family and friends travel all the way to celebrate us,” she said. “We even did a sunset boat cruise one night that was a blast.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do a rehearsal walk down the aisle,” Laura said. “We skipped that, and it caused unnecessary anxiety for me at the actual ceremony.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of wish lanterns and jetted off to their honeymoon in Sweden and Denmark.
Jessica and James were married at Lichfield Ponds in Tocerville, Utah on March 9. The bride wore a tea-length wedding dress, accessorized with a lace long-sleeved bolero and “something blue” peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a casual tan suit and blue button-up shirt, accessorized with flip flops. Guests were greeted with moonshine cherry limeades from the “sand bar” and asked to take a parasol umbrellas before they took their seats at the ceremony. Even programs doubled as fans! The escort card display featured vintage shutters, books, and a pinwheel and cafe lights backdrop, and reception tables were decorated with driftwood, coral, and starfishes. As a special thank you (and in lieu of a cake), slices of pie were wrapped to-go as favors. Yum!
Our fourth favorite summer color scheme — purple and orange! This inspiration board is fit for an eclectic bride who wants a tropical destination wedding. Walk down the aisle on “island time” with a lisianthus, ranunculus, and hypericum berries bouquet and stand next to your bridesmaids wearing flowing v-neck dresses. Enjoy a lavender martini in your lounge area or take a break from dancing to the authentic steel drum music and cozy up next to your man. Give each guest a wish lantern at the end of the night to send off in the sky. With so many warm wishes from your family and friends overhead, you will know love is in the air. Unforgettable.
Here are four reception centerpiece ideas from our Pinterest board that we love, and our followers can’t seem to get enough of since they’re the highest repinned ones. Notice how each arrangement has a different size, shape and texture. Consider using an array of flowers filled in mason jars, modern cylindrical vases or colored vases for your centerpieces. Tip: Let each table stand out. Work with your florist or floral designer to come up with three or four different arrangements. For more centerpiece inspiration, check out our Pinterest board and discover centerpieces that fit your style and theme.
Fall boutonnieres are a chock-full of charming, warm colors. Dress your groom with a floral boutonniere that’s red, orange, mustard yellow, deep purple or brown to suit the season. If your groom doesn’t prefer florals, consider using small pine cones, succulents, wheat, curly willows or even red berries. Any of these combinations will stand out against a black, gray or tan suit on the big day. Tip: Don’t forget to make sure that your groom’s boutonniere matches your bridal bouquet! For more inspiration, check out our boutonniere photo gallery.