Hi friends, it’s been awhile..
I am sitting on so many incredible weddings and am working my way through getting them to you! The next month will be spent featuring some of my favorite moments from the last couple of years..
Let’s kick off with Nina and Vic’s incredible wedding at Sandals South Coast Resort in White House, Jamaica!
I’m doing something a little different instead of writing about how I experienced the day.. I’m letting my couples put it in their own words and Nina took some time out to tell me about what meant the most to them and how their vision of a Tropical Jamaican Beach Wedding came to life.
Tell me about you two as a couple :
“Vic and I have been together since 2011. We got engaged on our 5th Anniversary right next to the spot where we first met. Shortly after we started dating, we opened a business together. While working together has it's challenges, we are so lucky that we get to spend every day together working on something we truly love. I get to work with my best friend every day! We currently live in Fuquay-Varina, NC with our dog Jules.” Nina+Vic own All Events DJs NC
How did you come about choosing Sandals South Coast as your wedding venue?
“Working in the Wedding industry, we felt like no matter where we got married it would feel a little bit like "work". Vic was talking courthouse and I was talking intimate venue, so we did a little research and landed on a destination Wedding! We picked Jamaica because we had been there once before and loved it (Vic had been several times). Vic is a DJ and specialized in Reggae Music during his career. Reggae has always been a big part of our lives and we wanted to include that as part of our Wedding. The resort we chose had a beautiful, new over-water chapel and some great amenities for our guests!”
Did you have any symbolic or special elements added into your day?
“My something old was my grandmother's bracelet.
Since we were doing destination, we put together Welcome Bags for our guests and included items that matched our wedding like towel clips, seahorse ornaments, personalized sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.
Music is a big part of our lives (we're both DJs!). We wanted to pick songs that were different from the weddings we worked every weekend. I walked down the aisle to Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved and our Recessional song was my favorite - Beenie Man & Future Fambo - Drinking Rum!”
What did you splurge on and what were you able to save on?
“Our resort stay!! We spent 7 days in Jamaica in a beautiful oceanfront butler suite. Having the Wedding & Honeymoon in the same place took away so much stress and let us just relax and enjoy our vacation.
Most of the Wedding was covered by the resort, but we did add a special 4-course private dinner. Our guests traveled so far to be with us, we wanted to do something special for them.
Flowers & Decor - The resort provided some beautiful linens and centerpieces. My bouquet was made of wooden flowers as was Vic's boutonniere that we ordered and brought with us to Jamaica.”
What was the greatest investment?
“Organizing a trip with 16 people was not an easy task. We wanted to make sure we had an itinerary with activities for them and to ensure we spent enough time with everyone. It took a lot of planning, but I was so happy with how it all turned out! We got to spend personal time with each person; we even got to have dinner with our Photographer and her Assistant! :) My favorite part of the trip was the day after the Wedding, almost all the guests (a few didn't make it) went snorkeling together. It was beautiful and so much fun!”
If you could give anyone planning advice, what would be your best?
“Relax and enjoy it! I had a few anxiety-ridden meltdown moments during the planning process. In the end, it all worked out. You can plan and plan, but the day is going to pan out without any control from you. For example, we planned a beautiful beachfront dinner and it rained! We moved everything inside. It wasn't my vision, but it didn't take away from how special the day was. And the rain made for some beautiful sunset photos!”
So excited to be heading back to this amazing resort in December for another spectacular destination wedding!
Love how the images turned out and what an incredible trip this was!