Valery and Chauncey’s swanky Jamaican wedding is by far one of my all time favorites. Details from the super-chic bride…

On the choice to have a destination wedding:  “Our wedding was a celebration of everything we love: family and friends, music, and pampering our guests! Jamaica is a place that Chauncey and I have visited countless times over the course of our relationship and we have truly grown to love it’s unique spirit. When it came time to plan our wedding we knew we wanted to share the island’s magic with our guests. For the amount of money we would have spent for one night in Manhattan, we did four days of festivities in Jamaica over Memorial Day weekend – a Thursday-night cocktail party, a Friday beach barbecue, the wedding, an after-party that went until sunrise, and a Sunday lunch.”

 The signature cocktail?  “Rum punch was our unofficial signature cocktail; we like the numb, happy Carib buzz it gives you. When planning food and beverage, it’s key to know your crowd: Do they drink a lot? Ours drank us out of house and home!”

 Shell chandeliers cast a sexy glow over the festivities. “The best part?” says Valery, “they were dirt cheap!”

On their unique wedding timeline: “We were weren’t afraid to mix up the expected flow of the day. Our wedding started with the cocktail hour! This allowed us to mingle with our guests and relax before our ceremony. We took all of our formals prior to the cocktail hour, so we could relax and focus on enjoying the rest of the day. After the cocktail hour, our guests were all seated at their respective dinner tables and we had a “dinner theater” style ceremony where we stood in the center, surrounded by our guests. It was intimate and offbeat, and was perfect for us as we didn’t want the usual processional down the aisle.”

  What was for dinner?  Round Hill Hotel was originally a private refuge for style icons like Cole Porter, Grace Kelly, and Jackie Kennedy. It has very old-school glamour, so we opted for a retro supper club menu to fit the clubby old school atmosphere: iceberg wedge salad, Oysters Rockefeller, lobster tails, filet mignon, and Baked Alaska.”

On her unique bouquet:  “I wanted to carry native ginger flowers. They have a thick stem so I thought I’d just hold one, but the florist surprised me with a bouquet.”

On the importance of music at their wedding: “As Chauncey and I are both jazz musicians (he plays the sax and flute; I sing), we opted to provide the cocktail hour entertainment ourselves. With the help of some of our talented musician friends (who also happened to be guests) we put together a six-piece jazz combo and dedicated meaningful songs to each other: Chauncey performed Art Blakey’s ‘When Love Is New’ and I did Cole Porter’s ‘You’re the Top’ and the Etta James version of ‘Nature Boy.’ It was a great way to include our passion for music in the wedding and share it with our guests.”


A few more details from Valery:

What was your favorite part of the day?  If I had to choose a favorite moment, aside from the ceremony, it would have to be our after party. We rented a gorgeous mountainside villa not far from the resort and hosted an all night throw down. Our DJ, Quantic, kept our friends on the dance floor until 6am – it was completely wild, and ended with a sunrise swim in the pool. I will never, ever forget it.

Do you have any advice for other brides?  Be true to who you are and don’t get sucked in by pressure from others. It is so easy to go into “please everyone” mode, but you’ll learn quickly that this is an impossible feat. It is entirely possible to be both a gracious host and also remain on track to creating a day that truly reflects who you are as a couple. Also – enjoy yourself! It really is a remarkable occasion. Rarely will you get to see all your loved ones gathered in one place. I tried to look around and soak in that moment as much as possible.

Photographer: Cappy Hotchkiss / Venue: Round Hill Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica / Save-the-date: Ceci New York / Wood Veneer Invitation: Oslo Press / Invitation Inserts, Menus: Albertine Press / Bride’s Cocktail Dress: Alice by Temperley / Bride’s Cocktail Shoes: Pierre Hardy / Bride’s Cocktail Hat: Gina Foster Milliner / Bride’s Ceremony Dress: Catherine Walker & Co. / Bride’s Ceremony Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Groom’s Seersucker Suit: Etro / Groom’s Shoes: Tom Ford / Band: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings / DJ: QuanticQueen Majesty / Planning: JoAnn Gregoli, Elegant Occasions
  • Chic Jazz Wedding in Jamaica

    4 May 2010
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    1. Howerton+Wooten Events

      I love this bride's style.I have seen pictures of her (and her amazing headpiece), but never the actual wedding.Thank you so much for sharing this.Love and Soul Always, Kay

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    2. Meredith Perdue

      What a beautiful experience! And Valery & Chauncey are just too cute for words!

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    3. Album Boutique Team

      Amazing wedding and pictures! What a beautiful couple and I love all the personal elements to the wedding celebrations. Congratulations to Valery and Chauncey.

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    4. suz.thembi

      Valery and Chauncey's wedding is amazing, thank you Valery for sharing the details. I love the idea that you changed things up in the order of wedding. And Round Hill is 1 of my favorite places…it the ultimate in glamor, style and refuge. They both are a wonderful couple you can see that shine right through in the pictures. All the continued best to you.

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    5. Sarah

      This wedding is awesome. I love the colors. And the shell chandeliers and the hat change. And the groom playing the sax. And fire dancing? Dang.

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    6. Caught the Light

      I am IN LOVE with this wedding. What an absolutely beautiful setting and very charming bride&groom.You seriously find the best real weddings to showcase!

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    7. dognbird

      I love it too! Casual but still chic. The bride has such wonderful style!

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    8. Erin ever after

      you are KILLING me with your real weddings lately! too pretty. Each one melts my heart and that hat, ohhh that hat.

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    9. Tessa @ Utah Bride and Groom

      Wow, what incredible style the bride and groom have! Love their cool attire. And the native ginger flowers are so fun and vibrant. I can see why this wedding is your new fave!

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    10. The Hasslers

      I love this! Wow, this is definitely a wedding I wish I had been invited too! Thanks again for putting our wedding to shame. (JK! I loved our wedding and what it meant to us)

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    11. Sophie

      So jealous! Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are one of my favorite bands! Also, jamaica! Wow, that sounds so nice.The bride and groom both look spectacular, this is an awesome wedding!

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    12. Silvana

      OH YAY! Favorite of the month! She looks so elegant and chic in that super awesome dress. Really enjoyed this. Thanks.

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    13. Karen Wise

      Gorgeous photographs and wedding! Cappy's film shooting is beautiful!

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    14. Leila Khalil |Wedding Publicist| Be Inspired PR

      ahhhhhhhhmazing Kathryn. what talented vendors and a gorgeous couple. they have such great style!

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    15. Chasa

      How stylish are they!?!? Love it! Looks like it was a really fun wedding :)

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    16. Shyla

      What a gorgeous couple!

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    17. ashley kitto

      oh my goodness, her accessories are to die for. such a gorgeous bride!

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    18. Vermont Weddings

      The after party pictures are really incredible..All the people who were there really enjoyed the night…

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    19. elauinc

      i LOVE everything about this wedding.

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    20. Anonymous

      AHHHHHHHHHH SHaron Jones and the Dapp Kings?!?! LOVE LOVE LOVE! JEALOUSY!!! This Wedding is unbelievable! Such style, such taste! wow – and of course great taste in music!!

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    21. rikki

      Amazing wedding! Beautiful and unique. Where is the damask backdrop from? I want to do the same thing for my wedding :)

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    22. ashlie johnson

      Easily one of the best weddings I have ever seen. If you are going to spend money on your wedding, this is the way to do it! I am blown away.

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    23. Kelly

      this wedding is so amazing and unusual! i loved it!

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    24. wishful nals

      gorgeous! i am going to round hill in two weeks. i am even more excited after seeing your photos. xo!

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