This weekend’s wedding group moved heaven and earth to get here. In fact, bride Lindsay Guiffrida was holding her breath for two days waiting to find out if groom Patrick Stanley would actually make his flight out of New York following the blizzard that hit the entire East Coast. Their parents (both sets) spent 72 hours together in the airport getting to know each other very, very well before they got on their flight. One bridesmaid actually took a taxi from Boston to New York to catch a flight that hadn’t been grounded. I think it’s safe to say that Lindsay and Patrick’s wedding guests love them so much they would have done absolutely ANYTHING to get to Vieques Island in time for the wedding. Or they were that desperate to escape the snow. Let’s go with my first theory.
Events kicked off with a welcome party on Friday night, then a wedding rehearsal and pig roast on Saturday, with a fabulous beach ceremony and resort reception on Sunday evening and a farewell brunch on Monday morning before guests departed. Hope you enjoy these pics taken by our entire crew (Sandy, Bill Malone, Kelsi Welch and Hannah Kaufman) – we had fun executing a flawless wedding weekend for Lindsay and Patrick. They were AMAZING clients!
Lindsay and Patrick’s welcome party on Valentine’s Day at Duffy’s in Esperanza (left to right – Hannah-the-Intern, Sandy, bride Lindsay)
One of the more unusual welcome parties we’ve had – a big part of the crew was cheering for Olympic curling on the big screen in the bar.
Lindsay and Patrick’s guests had battled such weather hurdles to arrive that they were thrilled to jump into the tropical beverages and appetizer spread including crab balls, wings and other yummies.
It was perfect weather for a beach party on Saturday. Setup started early.
Guests have no idea how much work goes into putting together a beach party. Umbrellas, volleyball nets, and building an outdoor serving area/quasi kitchen.
Introducing “Alister-the-Pig” named after a random guy the bride met in a bar who volunteered to marry her if the groom got stuck in the snow in New York.
But before pig roast fun could begin, this gi-normous wedding party needed a wedding rehearsal.
The groomsmen were a challenge for us – we couldn’t get them to stand still, pay attention and shut up. But of course, you can tell that by the way they’re standing in the actual wedding photos LOL
Groom Patrick couldn’t resist “hamming” it up with the pig. Who let that man have a machete? #newclientrules
Check out Lindsay and Patrick’s paparazzi – taking pictures while Lindsay continued our timeless Vieques tradition of KISS THAT PIG!
Lindsay puckered up and kissed the pig, in true Vieques bridal tradition. She was a trooper! First she actually licked the snout… gotta ask her what that was about. She may have previous pig kissing experience!
It’s fun when the wedding guests get into the volleyball games. Especially after what it takes to set up that net on the beach in the wind!
The inflatable flamingo beer cozies were in the welcome bags the guests received upon arrival – so much fun. Their group looked hilarious playing with them in the water.
And most of the guests played in the Caribbean all afternoon!
Wedding setup was bright and early for the Weddings in Vieques crew. Lots of lights, tiki torches and other little touches needed to be added to the beautiful Blue Horizon Boutique Resort for all to be ready for Lindsay and Patrick’s wedding.
Bill and Hector set up a special VIP area outside for those who needed to escape the noise and chaos of the wedding reception but still wanted the view.
The flowers were prepped and ready to go to the bridal party. Lindsay carried peach and coral roses with ivory Gerbera daisies (color is off in this pic). Bridesmaids carried peach Gerbera daisies with coral roses.
When the bridal party had arrived at the beach, Sandy had the challenge of lining up the groomsmen. And getting them to take off their sunglasses. Everything went smoothly.
Lindsay and her dad arriving at Sun Bay for the wedding ceremony. Doesn’t this bride look excited? What a radiant smile!
Sandy gave the FoB some last minute tips for walking his baby girl down the aisle, and they were off.
And then Lindsay’s father walked her down the sandy aisle to her future husband Patrick.
The wedding ceremony of Lindsay Guiffrida and Patrick Stanley at 4:30 pm on Sunday, February 16, 2014 on Vieques Island.
Rev. Mayra Gomez married Patrick and Lindsay. Love how this pic makes them look like they’re standing on the water.
JUST MARRIED!!! Incredible pic with the sunset after their ceremony.
This was one seriously big wedding party.
The guests enjoyed cocktails in the bar and on the rooftop deck before dinner.
The dinner tables were gorgeous, with centerpieces reflecting the bride’s color theme, and pretty hand-made menus designed by the bride.
Another view of the porch set for dinner.
Dinner was scrumptious, but it wasn’t long before the entire crew moved down to the dance floor.
Absolutely love the way the lighting turned out in the atrium.
A champagne toast preceeded the first dance.
Best Man Doug took the award for funniest toast yet this year, busting out his Boy Scout uniform to honor the origins of his friendship with the groom. It sounds as though they’re both lucky to be alive!
After the toasts, the bride and groom did their first dance to Modern English “I Melt with You.” Have you noticed the fun dress change the bride did between wedding and reception? Something short and cool and easy to dance in!
And then the party really got started.
Everybody hit the dance floor for the combined daddy/daughter – mother/son dance.
It was obvious that bride Lindsay and her sister-in-law Emmy have done this before.
This is what was going on behind the scenes while the wedding guests were dancing. We can’t resist the music either. This particular picture is from the Grease medley.
Then the GM of the hotel got into the mix too!
Sandy and Blue Horizon GM Mayra Rivera were having wayyy too much fun before the cake cutting. Yes, wedding planners get absolutely ridiculous behind-the-scenes.
Lindsay and Patrick played nice cutting the cake – no smoosh pictures to share. 🙁
The guests loved the two tiered vanilla almond rum and chocolate wedding cake, topped with flowers to match the bouquets.
And then the dancing continued all night. Great play list and excellent instincts by the DJ made it a full dance floor right up til the grand finale.
Setting up a successful sparkler tunnel is always a challenge, but this crew had been partying pretty hard. It took the whole Weddings in Vieques crew to get them assembled.
It was perfect when Lindsay and Patrick made their way through the arc of sparklers down to the fire pit that would lead the after party.
They stopped to dance in the sparkler tunnel… somehow the groom burned his shirt, but not himself, thank goodness. The bride said it was worth the loss because she loved the sparklers!
I have absolutely zero pictures of the farewell breakfast this morning, but I can tell you the guests looked tired and happy eating it. Kelsi, Hannah and I were entirely too exhausted to even remember to take pictures of it. But by noon, you couldn’t tell there had been a wedding the previous night, with the lights down, tikis disassembled and everything else cleaned up. When I saw Lindsay and Patrick on the way to their couples massage at the hotel this afternoon, they looked very, very happy.
Congratulations to the happy couple. We had so much fun planning their special weekend. Hope you guys have enjoyed the photoblog of pics from our perspective!
Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra!