Rebecca and Mike’s beach wedding is full of preppy charm – I love the periwinkle blue and cream palette. And they planned the whole thing in just a few months! Says Rebecca, “We live in NYC but a city wedding just wasn’t us. We both love to travel, so a destination wedding was an obvious choice. I grew up on the coast, and I always envisioned an outdoor ceremony near the beach. We love nature and being outdoors and were inspired by the natural, untouched beauty of St. John and low-key style of the resort which is located within a national park. We knew we were asking a lot of our guests to travel so far to celebrate with us, and we really wanted to make it as easy as possible for everyone and ensure they’d get the most out of their trip. It worked out so well. Most of our guests stayed for at least a few days after the wedding, and some joined us for a full week of island fun!”

As a wedding gift, Rebecca gave Mike a pair of custom cufflinks with their wedding date stamped on them.

During the wedding, each of us carried something from the other person’s family. Mike wore a monogrammed handkerchief that my mother had given him in the chest pocket of his suit. I pinned Mike’s grandfather’s wedding ring to the inside of my dress. Since neither of us have living grandparents, it was wonderful to have something to make us feel like those who couldn’t be with us physically were still somehow with us spiritually.

For the ceremony, I filled small white paper bags with dried whole blue cornflowers and used periwinkle organza ribbon to attach hang tags that read “As the bride and groom come your way, toss the flowers and shout hooray!”

I wanted guests to feel like they had walked into a friend’s lovely beach cottage, not a reception hall. My mother sewed the periwinkle table runners. Place cards were designed and printed by Luscious Verde. The coral graphic tied in with the sea theme of the wedding as well as the cause to which we made a donation on behalf of our guests: Coral Reef Alliance.
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Mike created playlists for the entire event that we played off an iPod during the reception. It saved us a ton of money and worked out well. We had music we knew we liked that was appropriate for each segment of the evening – the cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. We went back outside to the veranda after dinner to dance under the stars and the full moon.

I’ll pass along some good advice that was given to me: Take time during the evening to step back and just watch – watch all your family and friends, in one place, enjoying themselves and celebrating your love and happiness. The day goes by so quickly and you need to make sure you take a moment to soak it all in.

Venue: Caneel Bay Resort in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Invitations: Lion in the Sun

Bride’s dress: Jenny Lee (found at a Mark Ingram sample sale)

Groom’s suit / cufflinks: Brooks Brothers / Heather Moore Jewelry

Congrats Rebecca and Mike! And thank you to Corbin Gurkin for the beautiful photos!

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  1. Raru

    so cute wedding.thank you for sharing.xoxo,raru

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  2. paper airplane design

    Nice color palette! so calm and pretty.

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  3. Album Boutique Team

    What a beautiful destination wedding. I love the personal touches and incorporating their relatives. Congratulations to Rebecca and Mike!

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  4. Sarah@Foglio Press

    What a beautiful, warm, sunny, beachy day! Everything ties together so nicely, and I too love the idea of including each other's grandparents in your attire. Congratulations!

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  5. Shyla

    So sweet, so cute, so much love.

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  6. Katy

    mm those crab cakes are making me hungry!

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  7. Laura @ Bridal Bubbly

    Caneel Bay is such a perfect spot for a wedding. A beautiful and charming wedding. The cufflinks are great!

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  8. Vermont Weddings

    What a wonderful wedding you have!…Wishing you a happier life after this.

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  9. Netanya

    Thank you for sharing this wedding. I love the colors and the gorgeous setting. What a perfect place to get married!Thanks for sharing this, Netanyanetanya@engagementring.org

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  10. S + V

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  11. Sindi Kwenaite

    What a lovely wedding. Delicate palette, uncluttered and lending itself well to it's surrounds. I love it! The bride looks stunning.

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  12. elizabeth lynn

    St. John is so pretty. That wedding looked absolutely perfect.

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  13. Starry Night Design Studio

    What a beautiful celebration! Congratulations to the bride and groom!

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