It was a gorgeous day today and Bill and I spent the afternoon on Blue Beach with Leif and Chad, one of the couples whose wedding we planned last spring. They were back on the island for a visit and it was a lot of fun to catch up and hear all about how married life is treating them. It was the perfect ending to a perfect weekend — yesterday afternoon, Nicole Jerner and Andrew Carlson were married on Sun Bay Beach here in Vieques!
Yesterday was a beautiful day for a wedding. Cool and breezy with lots of sunshine. Of course, the sun was setting when they took their vows, lending an absolutely fabulous backdrop for their pictures! Nicole Jerner and Andrew Carlson became Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Carlson in front of an intimate group that included only their parents (and a few random tourists who just couldn’t resist lurking in the palm tree to watch).
When Nicole first contacted me a few months ago, she told me straight out that she was in the process of opening a women’s clothing boutique in SoHo and she didn’t have a lot of time for wedding planning. And that’s okay because when you do one of my tiny packages, there aren’t a whole lot of decisions to be made! She had no problem choosing her cake, hotel, activities and other such things, but she really struggled with the bouquet. Nicole is tiny — a little blond wisp of a girl — and most bouquets that she liked would have looked ridiculous in her hands. Finally, she found what she was looking for and sent me a picture, and we did our best to re-create it.
Nicole carried a bouquet of white Cymbidium orchids with pink centers, surrounded by puffs of white Dendrobium orchids. It was front-held, and had a rim of pretty greenery around the base of the blooms. The stem of the bouquet was wrapped in white satin ribbon to match her dress. She wore one white Cymbidum orchid pinned in a low bun at the nape of her neck. It looked very chic, and we pinned it so it was just on the right angle to show in pictures of the ceremony.
Her dress was absolutely adorable. White satin, strapless, and knee length, with a classicly-flaired skirt that reminded me of a 1950s movie star. It was fun but elegant, very much like the bride. She wore fantastic silver Manolo Blahniks with it, but those didn’t go on until after the barefoot beach ceremony. Can’t wear four-inch Manolos in the sand! While she was getting ready, she wore these adorable flip flops her friend had made for her — white with blue bows holding a wedding band on each thong. Too cute! Andrew looked very handsome in a white linen shirt and light trousers — but the best part was the look on his face when he saw Nicole arrive at the beach. He had that I’m the luckiest guy in the world and I can’t believe I’m marrying this incredibly beautiful woman look going on.
The ceremony was very romantic. With Nicole’s mom and Andrew’s parents watching, they exchanged vows, and they exchanged Nicole’s parents’ wedding bands. It was touching — it’s not often I’m moved to tears (since I do this almost every weekend), but this was one of those times when my eyes filled up too.
They had an hour of professional photography during the ceremony and on the beach afterwards, and then they went up to the Malecon to have a few cocktails before a lovely wedding dinner at El Quenepo. There was a pretty wedding cake, topped with flowers that matched her bouquet, in the center of their table, and the restaurant made sure that they were treated like royalty on their special night.
Everybody left this morning, but they’d had a very full few days. Kayaking the bio bay, basking in the sun on the beach, touring the island on horseback at sunset, and finally getting married on a pristine beach with the palm trees blowing in the breeze behind them. Sounds like an excellent start for a happy marriage, doesn’t it?
Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra. Isn’t it time for you to start planning your Caribbean destination wedding?