Photo Blog by Sandy — Kate Tierney and Kevin Lachapelle’s Romantic Beach Ceremony and Reception on Sun Bay, Vieques

Hi Everybody!

I’m trying another photo blog – I know I’m a total amateur so please forgive me as I get the hang of this. These pics were too good to not share with all of you who are planning your own destination weddings.  And I’ve also included a bunch of video links too – this was a dancing group.  This weekend was a TOTALLY different kind of wedding venue from last week.  The entire wedding ceremony and reception were outside on a fabulous beach.  And we had a pig roast on Friday.  Kate Tierney and  Kevin Lachapelle were married on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 4:30 pm on Playa Sun Bay in Vieques.  Check out the pictures and enjoy.  This is my favorite!

The new Mr. and Mrs. Kevin and Kate Lachapelle's first dance!

The new Mr. and Mrs. Kevin and Kate Lachapelle’s first dance!

Kate and Kevin are from Maine (the only place with cell signals worse than Vieques) and they were a lot of fun to plan with from day one (no really, ask them, they have to sit in their car in front of their house to hold a signal so we did all the planning from car to my office). We didn’t know their guests would be a blast too.

The Tierney/Lachapelle wedding guests were a bunch of Facebook creepers and we didn’t know it.  So when we posted this picture we got lots of messages.

Kate and Kevin's welcome bags prepped and ready to be delivered

Kate and Kevin’s welcome bags prepped and ready to be delivered

Not to worry, we immediately took counter-measures and began enforcing strict operational security!

All of Weddings in Vieques realizes we need to hide the bags (Left to right - Erika, Kelsi, Kendra, Jessica and Sandy)

All of Weddings in Vieques realizes we need to hide the bags (Left to right – Erika, Kelsi, Kendra, Jessica and Sandy)

Once that problem was handled, we were off to the ferry to pick up Kate and Kevin from the late boat and take them up to the lovely Casa La Lanchita which we’d reserved for their entire group.

Kate and Kevin finally at their bridal suite on Vieques!

Kate and Kevin finally at their bridal suite on Vieques!

On Thursday, Kate and Kevin and the MoH and her hub visited us at Boutique in Vieques and brought us presents from Maine!

We love clients who feed us!

We love clients who feed us!

Kate did some shopping with her MoH and then we took a group pic!  It is so much fun to finally have them here with us after so many months of planning.

Kate and her MoH shopping at Boutique in Vieques!

Kate and her MoH shopping at Boutique in Vieques!

Checking out the whole Weddings in Vieques operation with the clients!!

Checking out the whole Weddings in Vieques operation with the clients!!

Welcome party at Mar Azul, complete with a birthday cake for the numerous birthdays being celebrated within their wedding group (the bride included)!

Tropical birthday cake for bride Kate and several other members of the wedding group.

Tropical birthday cake for bride Kate and several other members of the wedding group.

Was a lot of fun seeing friends and relatives get reacquainted after long absences — and we even have a few “Wedding Island” fans in the crew!  One gentleman asked me (at the reception) to do the famous scream.  I declined.  Not what anybody wants to hear at a wedding.  Kelsi gave him the ringtone instead.

Wedding guests were all over the outer deck at Mar Azul enjoying the view!

Wedding guests were all over the outer deck at Mar Azul enjoying the view!

And they took over the inside too!  Clearly lots of people love Kate & Kevin to have travelled so far for their wedding weekend.

And they took over the inside too! Clearly lots of people love Kate & Kevin to have travelled so far for their wedding weekend.

Friday morning probably came early for quite a few of the wedding party as reports have it they enjoyed each other late into the night Thursday at La Lanchita.  But we powered through a quick wedding rehearsal (huge wedding party) so we could get to the important part – the PIG ROAST.

Kate and Kevin's wedding rehearsal on Sun Bay, with Sandy standing in as minister.

Kate and Kevin’s wedding rehearsal on Sun Bay, with Sandy standing in as minister.

Everything was all set up when their guests arrived… but the centerpiece was Sir Oinks-a-Lot (always named by the clients, I remind you).

You can't miss our beach parties with colorful umbrellas and a pig named "Sir Oinks-a-Lot"

You can’t miss our beach parties with colorful umbrellas and a pig named “Sir Oinks-a-Lot”

The bride's paparazzi preparing for the big KISS THE PIG moment!

The bride’s paparazzi preparing for the big KISS THE PIG moment!

We always think the pictures of their friends taking pictures are almost funnier than the pig kissing itself!  The song “Paparazzi” always runs through my head at these moments.

Kiss That Pig!!! Go Kate Tierney -- joining the Weddings in Vieques Hall of Fame as a pig-kissing bride. We love that you're such a good sport!  And I think the bride had fun doing it too!

Kiss That Pig!!! Go Kate Tierney — joining the Weddings in Vieques Hall of Fame as a pig-kissing bride. We love that you’re such a good sport! And I think the bride had fun doing it too!

 

Better shot of Kate kissing "Sir Oinks-a-Lot" with her paparazzi watching!

Better shot of Kate kissing “Sir Oinks-a-Lot” with her paparazzi watching!

The groom surprised Kate with special birthday cheesecake cupcakes at the pig roast!

kate and kevin cupcake surprise

Kate and Kevin posing with "Sir Oinks-a-Lot" right before the poor pig got the machete!

Kate and Kevin posing with “Sir Oinks-a-Lot” right before the poor pig got the machete!

Here’s a YouTube of the official beheading of the pig.  Don’t watch if you know it will offend you!  “Sir Oinks-a-Lot Meets the Machete!”

The whole crew trooped off to biobay after the beach party and I was getting text messages telling me how “cool” it was from their guests late night.  So glad they had fun.  We were probably in bed long before them because we had a MASSIVE setup on the wedding day.

I’m about to show you everything the clients never see that goes into building a wedding ceremony and full reception on a beach with no power or water.

Weddings in Vieques crew was loaded up and out the door at 7 am today.  Left to right (Bill, Erika, Kendra, Kelsi, Angel,  Alvin, Jim,  Brandon, Andy and Rafi - Sandy behind camera where it's safe)

Weddings in Vieques crew was loaded up and out the door at 7 am today. Left to right (Bill, Erika, Kendra, Kelsi, Angel,
Alvin, Jim,
Brandon, Andy and Rafi – Sandy behind camera where it’s safe)

As soon as we got there, we picked the perfect spot.  This is the view that Kate and Kevin’s wedding ceremony would have…

Beach view from setup.

Beach view from setup.

And this is what it all started to look like a few minutes later when we began setting up four tents, nine tables, a dance floor and thousands of lights.  You might notice uniform shirts hanging in a tree — do you have a better idea?

Ever wondered how difficult it is to build a level, safe dance floor on a real beach?  It's hard!!!

Ever wondered how difficult it is to build a level, safe dance floor on a real beach? It’s hard!!!

 

We joke about how big a team it takes to put up four tents -- but these pics show it's no joke.

We joke about how big a team it takes to put up four tents — but these pics show it’s no joke.

kate and kevin tent crew

But all this hard work (and lots of sweat) come together in a few hours when the caterers arrive to work in their exterior kitchen we’ve constructed, the DJ sets up his music, and the tables are dressed and set up with the décor exactly as the bride has imagined it.  Rev. Nancy even popped by to wish us luck this morning while she was out for her morning dip (maybe I have the wrong job).

All the work was sooo worth it though.  Look how pretty the setup was before the first guests even arrived.

This is what the reception venue looked like when we finished it before the guests arrived!

This is what the reception venue looked like when we finished it before the guests arrived!

We did a quick sound check with DJ Paul and things got a little silly.  This is a video of what your wedding planners do when you’re not watching! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVRdrr4aJp8  Once we had the sound set up, Kelsi led the interns through a practice round of “Umbrella,” our staff signature dance.  Everybody knows one version or another of it and we can’t help but spontaneously burst into dance when we hear it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuEJuzyMBGE

The wedding cake

The wedding cake

Kate kept it simple, naming her tables after local beaches.  The placecard table looked cute!

Kate kept it simple, naming her tables after local beaches. The placecard table looked cute!

Everything was ready to go by the time our guests started arriving.  The groomsmen arrived first to greet their guests, but THIS BRIDE WAS ON TIME!

Kevin and his groomsmen lined up behind Rev. Nancy Elias.

Kevin and his groomsmen lined up behind Rev. Nancy Elias.

 

The beautiful bride was escorted down the aisle by Kevin's dad.  She carried a bouquet of blue hydrangeas and hot pink Gerbera daisies.

The beautiful bride was escorted down the aisle by Kevin’s dad. She carried a bouquet of blue hydrangeas and hot pink Gerbera daisies.

 

Kate Tierney being escorted down the aisle by her new father-in-law

Kate Tierney being escorted down the aisle by her new father-in-law

But that picture doesn’t do it justice — you have to watch the real thing here on video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YowNUoyhwQ!!!

Kate and Kevin's intimate ceremony on the beach.

Kate and Kevin’s intimate ceremony on the beach.

This next picture is my all time favorite of this photo blog — Erika-the-Intern took it and the light was just so… and it’s amazing.  Kevin and Kate’s first dance with a mind-blowing sunset behind them.  Can’t wait to see their professional photographer’s pictures.

The new Mr. and Mrs. Kevin and Kate Lachapelle's first dance!

The new Mr. and Mrs. Kevin and Kate Lachapelle’s first dance!

This was a party crowd in a celebratory mood, and they didn’t waste any time getting started!

This was a party crowd from before dinner even started!

This was a party crowd from before dinner even started!

I have NEVER seen so much line dancing at one wedding.  Starting with the Cha Cha Slide http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay-9lq0icqk

Line dancing was big... Cha Cha slide, Macarena, and even the Chicken Dance (a first for me)

Line dancing was big… Cha Cha slide, Macarena, and even the Chicken Dance (a first for me)

And who knew these nice people from Maine would be dancin’ Gangnum style! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daXEYwZmkKI.  Eventually they had to take a break and we used it as an excuse to move along with business and cut the cake!

Kate and Kevin cut their wedding cake!

Kate and Kevin cut their wedding cake!

What goes on, must come off.  Kevin had do to some nose-licking tonight!

What goes on, must come off. Kevin had do to some nose-licking tonight!

Kate and Kevin’s entire crew danced the night away and had a fabulous time.  Both Kevin and his dad kindly toasted our staff — and it’s nice to be acknowledged.  But the truth is that the bride and groom did the hard work, made the difficult decisions, and picked up the tab.  Kate and Kevin and their families should be patting themselves on the backs for giving everyone such a wonderful experience on Vieques Island.

You know, this photo blogging is kinda fun because it gives me the chance to show you different styles of wedding in difference locations with different themes and budgets.  No two weddings are alike on Vieques, and that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.   Okay, Kelsi was right.  We needed to do this.  And we’ll try to do some more photo blogging as we go forward so you have a comprehensive peek inside our Weddings in Vieques weekends from beginning to end.  Although I’m going to be more wary of wedding guest FB creepers going forward so we don’t ruin any surprises!

Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra!

Sandy

 

 

 

 

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