Hola Brides and Grooms!
Stacee Wendling and Ryan Remsing’s Thanksgiving Week wedding festivities were a hit, and the bride and groom were a pleasure to work with through the whole planning process. Finally meeting Stacee was a kick — especially because she’d actually watched “Wedding Island” and was a fan (some of my clients waited til after their weddings to watch– chickens!). So seeing her face checking out the view of her wedding villa, featured in one episode, was a lot of fun. I was thrilled she and Ryan were so happy with their venue selection.
Their family and friends finished arriving on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving — fortunately, nobody had holiday travel issues! The welcome party was at Mar Azul and one of the bridesmaids brought along decorations from Stacee’s bridal shower and bachelorette party.
Kelsi and I posed with the handsome groom in front of the welcome party venue.
The kids that Stacee used to be a nanny for had made the trip with their family too — and they added an extra giggle at the welcome party by bringing Vieques’ famous horse population into the bar.
On Thanksgiving morning, when most people were basting turkeys and, in some cities, shoveling snow, Stacee and Ryan’s crew was doing bridal yoga to relieve any residual travel stress. It was a great beginning to a day of perfect weather for their afternoon pig roast on Sun Bay.
The wedding party met for the rehearsal before the beach party. They each had several attendants and their officiant was a friend, so we guided them through a walk-through and I loaned their minister my Dr. Suess vows to play with too. My wedding rehearsals are never without a few giggles.
The pig roast started right after we finished rehearsal, and we kicked it off in true Weddings in Vieques style with the official naming of the pig — in this case “Porkahontas”– and the bride gave the pig his traditional kiss before the beheading. Now we’ve had some grooms who kissed the pig’s rear, but Ryan jumped in and kissed Porkahontas on the snout too. I think he was feeling left out.
The whole crew visited the biobay on Thanksgiving night. A special thank you to Abe’s Snorkeling for doing a special private tour for their group on a night when you all wanted to be with your families – the groom described it as a “magical” experience and perfect for the night before their wedding. The day of the wedding, Mother Nature messed with our heads big time. But that didn’t stop the Weddings in Vieques crew from setting up the wedding in the rain. We got a little wet, but we dry!
After sunshine in the early morning, the rains came in big time. But God, Mother Nature and Karma were all on Stacee and Ryan’s side, because the weather cleared just in time for their sunset beach ceremony, and we didn’t have a drop of rain all night long. In fact, I heard the weather blow in about 20 minutes after I climbed into bed when I got home after cleanup. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
The rain had stopped and things were drying up, with rays of sunshine peeping through the clouds when Stacee arrived at Sun Bay to get married. Despite what you might think, you really don’t want a blue, cloudless sky for your wedding backdrop. It’s much more interesting when the photographer can play with the light and clouds.
The ceremony was simple and beautiful, with the islands in Esperanza Bay in the background of pictures.
The bride carried a bouquet of orange Circus roses and orange Asiatic lilies. Her bridesmaids carried orange lilies, and the bride wore a single lily in her long blond hair.
Shortly after the bride and groom made their entrance, everyone was called in for a lovely seated dinner. Stacee kept her table décor simple, focusing on rose petals in hurricanes and ribbons on her napkins and white lights everywhere.
With a nod to Thanksgiving weekend, Stacee and Ryan opted to forego the traditional wedding cake and serve all kinds of pies instead. There was pumpkin (of course), chocolate silk, coconut cream, lemon merengue and apple. I’m sure I’m missing some of what made up the Pie-Stravaganza but the guests’ missed nothing. There was very little left over for the bride and groom to munch late night!
Despite a close call with weather, and with the box carrying the globe guest book and placecards that literally arriving on Vieques about three hours before the wedding, Stacee and Ryan had the perfect wedding weekend on Vieques Island. Their guests were lovely, events went off without a hitch, and the bride and groom were gracious hosts to their guests and fabulous clients to work with in planning. We hope they’ll come back and visit often – we’re going to miss playing with them planning their wedding!
Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra!