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Real Wedding :: Jess and John – Part 1 of 2

On March 25, 2009, my husband and I were in paradise. We were surrounded by picture perfect blue water and our toes were mingling with silky white sand. I was extremely lucky that my bride and groom were laid back and did not care what I did. As long as it had the following elements: kept it under a certain budget, incorporated blue and green colors and everyone was barefoot on the beach for the ceremony. All of my projects are from the heart, but this set up shop in a special nook, as I was her Matron of Honor. This 15 month process was a labor of love and my sweet Jessica was getting married to her perfect match in St John USVI. Here are some non-pro pictures of my favorite details.

Attire Details


1) The bride’s “something borrowed” was one of the bridesmaid’s earrings and the “something old” was the pearl necklace.

2) The bride wore an empire waist dress from Tread, a dress line in NYC. The silk chiffon was a perfect match for the light and airy location. It was ordered from The English Department, a cute boutique in downtown Portland, Oregon.

3) The groom wore a crisp white collared shirt made by Calvin Klein and knee length khaki shorts.

4) The bridesmaids wore a simple strapless cotton dress from J Crew. I love that it had pockets!

Ceremony :: Trunk Bay, St John, USVI


1) A couple of the bridesmaids’ gold braided sandals from Old Navy were left on the nearby rocks.

2) The kiss! After the each of the 14 guests spoke a few words, recited a poem or lyrics from a song, the couple exchanged their personalized vows.

3) The scene for the ceremony was gorgeous enough. I didn’t want to obstruct from the grand view, so fresh cut palms were used in creating the ceremony aisle and circle.

4) Ukuleles and a bass made up the components of the ceremony music. The father and mother of the groom (middle and right) played and sang the couple’s favorite song, “Three Little Birds” as the processional song and recessional song. They were also the ordained ministers and conducted the intimate ceremony.

5) The newlyweds taking their first walk as husband and wife. As you can see the clouds brewing in the background, the warm rains of St John sprinkled down a few moments later.

That is all for now. More to come!!!



December 20, 2016

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