Meet Sandy

sandy-malone1Sandy Malone is the star of TLC’s new reality wedding television show “Wedding Island.”  “Wedding Island” follows Sandy’s life and her business on tiny Vieques Island, where everything you need for a wedding must take two planes or two boats to get there.  Every wedding has its own adventures, and it’s Sandy’s daily challenge to keep the trains running on time and make sure the brides and grooms never know if problems happen.

Sandy Malone began her career in wedding planning with her own wedding on Vieques, but prior to founding the best destination wedding planning company in the Caribbean with her husband Bill, Sandy worked in politics and journalism.  She grew up in the nation’s capital and attended a prestigious Catholic girls’ school where she first began wreaking havoc, winning both a Maryland State Editorial Award for her newspaper writing and launching an independent area-wide interscholastic newspaper, while planning absolutely insane pre-parties and after-parties for school dances and keeping her parents on their toes (and occasionally in the Headmaster’s office).

After graduating with a BA in Journalism from The Ohio State University, Sandy attended The Fund for American Studies Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University.  She rose from intern to Managing Editor of Campaigns & Elections Magazine in less than a year, and then moved to Manhattan to write the first Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition. Although most of her stories also ran in the printed paper, Sandy turned to the dark side and left journalism to move back to her hometown and accept a position at a public relations firm. Her first client was the Government of Puerto Rico.

A year later, she was practically living on Vieques leading reporters through the live fire zone on a daily basis, helping to bolster the governor’s campaign to force the US Navy to leave the tiny island after a fatal bombing accident.

When the island was no longer a client, Sandy continued to vacation with family and friends.  She joined a publicly-traded marketing company as the VP of Public Affairs and international corporate spokeswoman, still based in DC.  She visited Vieques as much as possible and when she married Bill Malone in September of 2004, the island was the only place she wanted to exchange vows.  Fortunately, Bill was as much in love with La Isla Nena as Sandy by then, and they had a beautiful destination wedding with their friends and family.  But it certainly wasn’t without its trials and tribulations, and when Bill and Sandy decided to make the major life move to Vieques full time to open Weddings in Vieques in 2007, they used everything they’d learned during their own wedding planning experience to build a successful company planning stress-free Caribbean destination weddings for brides and grooms who desperately needed their help to get married in paradise.