For this next destination wedding, we’re taking you on a trip to St. Bart’s with a couple who met when they were just four years old. Says the bride, “We were each other’s first crush in elementary school and I still have the teddy bear Tyler gave me in 5th grade for Valentine’s day.” After a family trip to St. Bart’s the month after they got engaged, they knew it would be the perfect location for a beautiful low-key wedding.
A green and white striped bridesmaid dress from LulaKate added the perfect casual touch for their island wedding.
From the bride: “Tyler and I originally met when we were four years old, at a small Episcopal school near our hometown in Florida. The exerpt my sister read for us was from one of the prayers our Headmaster routinely chose during the morning Chapel service. It was a special reminder of our history and brought us full circle to the Anglican Church where we stood to recite our vows 23 years later.”
The newlyweds joyfully rang the church bells in celebration of their nuptials.
Says Lindsey, “We will never forget the feeling of the cool salty air washing over us and catching glimpses of the sparkling sea as we rounded the mountain roads in our first moments as husband and wife.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? I grew up visiting the Caribbean with my family and absolutely love everything about the islands. After joining in on a couple trips, Tyler was soon hooked too. We both envisioned a destination wedding, but were debating between spots in the Caribbean and Europe. On a trip to St. Bart’s shortly after we got engaged, we fell in love with the French influence of the gorgeous island, and knew it would be the perfect combination. We wandered into the tiny stone chapel in the center of the main harbor, and were sold by the old-world, rustic feel in the middle of paradise.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? One of the most important factors in planning our wedding was our desire to share the love we have for the destination with our guests. We wanted to plan an amazing escape for our families and closest friends, and incorporate the wedding as just one of the week’s unforgettable days. The sophisticated yet low-key lifestyle of the island, the breathtaking scenery and the island’s reputation as the culinary capital of the Caribbean were all major points of inspiration. We also focused on details that would represent each of us as individuals, while keeping in sync with the understated elegance of the locale.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? My favorite part of the day was driving from the ceremony to the reception in our classic Fiat convertible. We raced to the beach for some last minute pictures right before the sun went down, then were off to meet up with everyone for cocktails on the other side of the island. It felt like being on a movie set driving through the town as we received well wishes drenched in heavy French accents.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice I received as a bride was from my mom. Ever since I was a little girl, she told me that whenever it came time to plan my own wedding, I should make it exactly the way I wanted it to be, and not dilute that vision to meet the expectation of others. I’m so thankful to have family that supported me in creating the wedding I had always dreamed of.
What advice do you have for other brides? As an event planner, one of my favorite moments is always standing with a bride right before she walks down the aisle. There is always a certain moment when the reality of what is about to happen kicks in and the adrenaline really starts pumping. Generally the bride looks over to me with anxious eyes and says something like, “I just got really nervous all of a sudden.” In response, I usually smile and say something like, “That is completely normal. Just try to relax your thoughts and keep taking slow, deep breaths.” Now, after experiencing that moment first-hand as a bride, I would definitely say my best advice is to keep taking those slow, deep breaths!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? At the end of the wedding day, the celebration dwindled down to me and Tyler, our two best friends, and my sister (and Maid of Honor). We took music to one of our favorite beaches, danced under the stars until we couldn’t stand any longer, and made sand angels and laughed.
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St Barts wedding from Jen Huang9 July 2013
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