Happy Wedding Wednesday, friends! I’m back to share another gorgeous event from Jessica and Matthew’s destination wedding here in Barbados. You can catch their casual Welcome Party we shared last week here.

Jessica and Matthew wanted to treat their guest to an extraordinary experience the night before their wedding– and what better place to dine than The Cliff Restaurant on Barbados’ West Coast? The Cliff is a renowned restaurant voted by foodies from New York to London as one of the top restaurants to eat in the world– and let me tell you– it is one of the most GORGEOUS restaurants I’ve ever been to.

Guests were greeted with signature drinks upon arrival and watched the sunset over our platinum coast in the upstairs lounge. Following a sunset drink, they headed downstairs for a truly spectacular meal and a round of heartfelt, wonderful and vivacious speeches! Seriously, Jessica and Matthew’s family shared some of the most beautiful, funny and charming speeches we’ve ever heard.

All in all, it was definitely a night that all their guests will remember– and such a luxurious and special way to celebrate the night before their wedding. Enjoy these beautiful images from Brian Marcus of Fred Marcus Studio.

 

I’m so excited to share with you a gorgeous wedding weekend we had the privilege and HONOR of planning for our dear clients, Jessica and Matthew. They reached out to me after having chosen Barbados as their wedding destination. They knew they wanted an intimate weekend with their nearest and dearest and found Barbados to be the perfect place for all their guests to travel to and enjoy. From the get-go, they were focused on FUN and infused that into every event during their wedding weekend.

Guests travelled from all over to experience Barbados and share in their love for one another– many for the first time. J&M wanted to welcome everyone with a light-hearted and casual welcome party. They chose Cobblers Cove to host this evening of great food, rum punch and local music! The night was truly the perfect way to get all their guests together and celebrate the start of a memorable (and monumental!) weekend. It’s so great to look back through these images by Brian Marcus of Fred Marcus Studio and relive these precious memories.

Stay tuned for their amazing rehearsal dinner and wedding!

{ all inspiration images are weddings designed and planned by A Jubilee Event: Caribbean // photography by Gina Francesca Photography and Carla Ten Eyck Photography // floral by Events & Decor by Giselle and Tony Palmieri }

Pantone has released its color of the year and we couldn’t be more excited! We have been crushing on the color green for sometime, and the color of 2017 is so versatile– especially for a destination wedding here in Barbados. In fact, over the past two years we’ve used this fun shade of green for nearly all the weddings we’ve planned.

As you set out to plan your destination wedding, it’s always important to embrace the natural environment of your reception and ceremony locations. Barbados is lush and abundant in tropical greens– from the never-ending sugar cane fields (as far as the eye can see!), to the gently swaying palm trees. We’ve put together some fun inspiration for your greenery inspired destination wedding!

Pantone's Color of the Year, Greenery, Wedding Inspiration via http://www.eventjubileecaribbean.com

You can also follow our Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery inspiration board on pinterest! Here are some fun tips for incorporating greenery into your destination wedding:

  • Greenery pairs with nearly every color, but for a soft and romantic look consider blush pink. For a modern, tailored look, white is the perfect complimentary color!
  • Garlands are a great way to add a touch of greenery to your wedding. Consider adding draped garlands to your reception tent or as accents to your wedding day signage
  • Potted plants and herbs are a fun accent to your floral centerpieces. Ferns, succulents and cactus are perfect plants to pot for cocktail hour centerpieces and reception tablescapes! You can also ditch flowers all together for all greenery.

Happy planning!

Xo, C

 

Barbados Elopements

5 Reasons Why You Should Elope in Barbados

posted by Candice November 2, 2016 0 comments

credit for above image: photography: carla ten eyck // fashion styling: beth chapman styling 
shoot design: a jubilee event: caribbean // location: st. nicholas abbey, barbados

The captivating clear blue water, luscious gardens, fabulous food and beautiful resorts are just some of the great things Barbados has to offer. Known as the gem of the Caribbean to all who live and vacation here, Barbados offers a variety of adventure, romance and luxury. Today, we’re sharing with you the 5 reasons why you should elope here in Barbados.

Travel

Barbados is located in the lesser Antilles and flying here is quite easy. There are direct flights from Miami, New York, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Boston, Toronto, Germany and the UK with a few flights a day for ease and convenience.

Luxury

Barbados has perfected the luxurious vacation (and wedding!)– which is why celebrities visit Barbados every year. Stay at Sandy Lane Resort, voted as one of the most Hotels in the world by Forbes, Travel & Leisure, and Condé Nast. Or stay in one of our many posh villas which range in style from modern to traditional Caribbean. You can hire your own renowned person on-site chef and have a personal butler cater to your every need during your stay.

Adventure

Barbados has limitless amounts of activities for the adventurous couple– especially for those of you who want to skip a beach day and explore! Some fun activities include island touring, standup paddle boarding, snorkeling and ship wreck diving, swimming with turtles, hiking, and catamaran cruisin’ (for our friends who prefer adventure to begin and end with adult beverages!).

Unique Culture

The Barbados culture is what captivates our visitors. Bajan’s take pride in their country and culture– and love to share it with anyone who visits. The food is some of the worlds best: from 5 star dining to rum shop haute couture, we have something for everyone. The local fish fry in Oistins on a Friday night is a great spot for local food, entertainment, and cheers with a cold Banks Beer.

Venues & Vendors

Barbados’ venues for destination weddings are endless. You can elope with your toes in the sand or in an old historical church. Our beaches are not private, so you have access to most beaches on our island for your unique elopement. If you’re looking for something beyond-the-beach, there are gardens, historical sites, plantation homes and even cliff side locations.

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Introducing Luxury Barbados Elopements

posted by Candice November 1, 2016 0 comments

Every love story is unique and different
AND WE BELIEVE YOUR ELOPEMENT SHOULD BE, TOO.

If you’ve been following along on Instagram and Facebook, we’ve been working hard at Team Jubilee on a new service we are really excited about! When we launched our Caribbean brand two years ago, my mission was to bring our sense of style and approach to Barbados. As our business grows, I wanted to continue to innovate our approach and the services we offer. I’m excited to announce that we are transforming the idea of elopements to be more than a short ceremony– but rather, an intimate wedding designed and planned the Jubilee way!

Our Approach to Elopements

We believe in choosing what is right for you when it comes to your wedding day.  We also believe that an elopement should be just as special, beautiful and meaningful as the large wedding bashes you’ve attended of friends and family over the years.

What’s more romantic than just the two of you (and maybe a few guests) jetting off to our beautiful island of Barbados to profess your love? Honestly, we can’t think of anything more special! Our approach to elopements is the same approach we provide to our large destination clients: detailed, fun, luxurious and a reflect of you. We work with our elopement couples to curate an elopement experience in Barbados that is fully customized based on your aesthetic and unique love story.

How we are redefining the Elopement in Barbados

Barbados has so much to offer for your elopement! You can exchange vows in a 300 hundred year old church, on our untouched beaches against backdrops of the turquoise Caribbean sea, or in an abundant tropical garden. After, an intimate dinner awaits by a renowned private chef on the beach, in one of our 5-star restaurants, or perhaps in a modern villa. The options are endless, and just like you, we don’t believe in cookie cutter elopements.

No matter your idea for your intimate elopement, it’s our job to make it come to fruition. Our elopement clients hire us to not only plan an amazing adventure for their wedding, but also design a day that is beautiful in every way. From ceremony arbors draped in white fabric and exotic flowers, to a table for 10 on the beach under the glow of stars and candlelight– each elopement story is as beautiful as it is unique.

Why are we the Elopement Experts?

Aside from my husband and I choosing to elope ourselves (…. and it was MAGICAL), we’ve been planning and designing weddings all over the world for almost 10 years. We’re sticklers for the details and believe that they matter. We live for entertaining, and believe that some of the most memorable experiences are best shared with only a few. When our clients give us the opportunity to plan something truly special for them– we put every ounce of creativity, love, and care into making their experience more than they dreamed of.

Interested in learning more about our elopements? Visit our website or email us at candice@eventjubilee.com.

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The buyers over at Dwellings Barbados need a standing “O”, because the inventory they’ve been acquiring over the past few months is EVERYTHING. We are literally ripping out our wallets to make it rain whenever we walk into their store, and I wanted to share some fun tropical entertaining items that would be perfect for your next bash (or wedding registry!).

I love entertaining at home; nothing is better than sitting around the table with family and friends and enjoying good food, company and wine. I’ve put together my “must-haves” for all my local Bajan readers– but please– let me grab some of these goods first before they sell out!

  1. Bankuan Leaf Party Tub // $279.96 BBS: Perfect for gathering together your favorite bottles of Prosecco and Rose, this tub comes with a galvanized insert to keep your drinks cool and avoid spillage.
  2. Metallic Rose Gold Champagne Saucer // $199.95 BBS for a set of 4: Hello! Who doesn’t love an old school style champagne saucer in a variety of metallics; from rose gold to copper, these saucers are perfect for holiday entertaining.
  3. Tropical Leaf Tray // 119.95 BBS: This tray is the perfect way to serve up drinks and appetizers for your next party and when you’re not using it to entertain, it can be a catch all for jewelry, a colorful statement piece on your coffee table or simply a way to dress up an area of your home.
  4. Palm Leaf Placemat // $26.96 BBS: This was love at first sight for me! If you’re hosting a dinner party with a tropical vibe, this would make a great addition to your table. You could also group them together down the center of your table as a table runner!
  5. Copper Swing Bottle // $24.95 BBS: Swing bottles are the perfect way to serve chilled water at your next dinner party. While I love water… I’m more of an adult beverages kinda gal, and I use mine to house colorful fruit drinks for mimosa bars. What makes this special is the copper accent– which is really trendy right now.
  6. Marble Wood Cheese Board // $69.95 BBS: I love using cutting boards and wooden boards to serve up cheese and charcuterie, and this board is perfect.
  7. Gem Wine Charms // $23.95 BBS ON SALE: I bought these last Christmas and they are one of my favorite purchases! I love the colors and the geometric shapes. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on them at parties and they’re the perfect (and most stylish) way to distinguish glasses.
  8. Palm Print 8″ Dessert (or App) Plates // $19.95 BBS: Dessert and appetizer plates are a must-have for your next dinner party– so why not go a little tropical? These 8″ plates come in two styles and when you’re not using them, they can double as a jewelry catch or even saucers to put under mini potted plants.

Happy shopping, friends! x

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Amanda + Max: A Plantation Style Wedding in Barbados

posted by Candice September 14, 2016 2 Comments

I’m so happy to share this amazing (and HUGE!) blog post with you– Amanda and Max’s wedding story!

You know those couples who spend their whole wedding day just smiling? In fact, every time I had a chance to meet with Amanda and Max about their wedding when they visited Barbados– they were always smiling. When Max proposed to Amanda, they decided that they wanted to have a destination wedding where Max grew up and there was no place more perfect than his family’s plantation home on the South Coast in Christ Church, Barbados.

With sprawling views of the sea behind them, they exchanged vows in front of 140 of their closest friends and family under a beautiful Chuppah. Right after the ceremony, they dashed away into a secret garden to spend a few moments together, alone, soaking in the moment. I think more couples should do this– it truly is one of the very few moments you’ll have together all by yourself!

Their guests enjoyed cocktail hour by the pool under the warm glow of cafe lights, and spent their evening under a gorgeous tent we designed with the help of our friends at Milestone Events. There was laughter and tears through some very heartfelt toasts, and lots of dancing after courtesy of the amazing local band, Two Mile Hill.

Some of my favorite details of the day are the welcome bag their guests received with a cute hangover kit and custom tumbler, the amazing custom chandeliers in blush pink, and the gorgeous calligraphy signs we had locally made.

Many thanks to Gina Francesca for these gorgeous images! Thank you Amanda and Max for letting me be part of such a beautiful and heartfelt day. It was truly one of my favorite weddings!

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Photography: Gina Francesca Photography
Planning, Design & Coordination: Jubilee Events: Caribbean
Catering: Anna Went
Bar Staffing: Raising the Bar
Flowers: Events & Decor by Giselle
Lighting Design: Bestefex
Tent, Staging, Linens and Infrastructure Rentals: Milestone Events Barbados
Tableware: Ellco
Wooden Bars: Tutti Rentals
Entertainment: Two Mile Hill
Ceremony Music: Joy Voeth & Willie Kerr
Sound Engineers: Quality Sound
Videography: ColorBox
Calligraphy & Signage: Alicia Pollard
Hair: Krave Salon by Naomi
Cake: Annalise Cake Designer
 

We’re excited to be featured in the latest issue of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine! Pick up the July/August 2016 copy to see more about getting married in the Eastern Caribbean and some of our top spots for a destination wedding in Barbados. Thanks for the love, DS&H!

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I’ve been working with my sweet clients, Jessica & Matthew for over a year (I can’t even believe it’s been that long!) on their destination wedding here in Barbados! We are inching closer to their wedding date (just a few weeks left) and I wanted to share these fun, tropical wedding invitations designed by my gal Nichole Michel of Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design.

Jessica wanted an invitation that celebrated the Caribbean location where she and Matthew were getting married — and one which was also inspired by their venue, Cobblers Cove. Nichole designed an invitation with tropical leaves and custom illustrations of special places their guests would be visiting, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Cliff Restaurant and Cobblers Cove.

Destination wedding invitation inspiration for a Barbados wedding via http://www.eventjubileecaribbean.com // designed by http://www.coralpheasant.com

Nichole also created a custom trifold detail card, which shares important and festive information for events surrounding the wedding day! The invitations were mailed in these gorgeous blush envelopes with a mixture of vintage and current stamps in our color story + tropical theme. She also worked closely with Everly Calligraphy to create custom calligraphy for the invitation pieces and the outer envelopes!

Destination wedding invitation inspiration for a Barbados wedding via http://www.eventjubileecaribbean.com // designed by http://www.coralpheasant.com

All the cards were stacked together and neatly assembled with a beautiful diamond shaped card and bright yellow ribbon for a pop of citrus color!

We are SO excited about Jessica & Matthew’s wedding day and the final weeks of planning to pull it all together.

placesetting: design by luxe & luna couture events, floral by taffy floral and photography by sarah street photography via 100 layer cake // tropical arrangements: floral by mint design CA & photography by mariel hannah via utterly engaged // colorful patio: frontgate // banana leaf backpack: theAtantlicOcean // banana leaves: papernstitch.com

One of our favorite trends right now is tropical leaf inspiration. Are you as obsessed with banana leaves and palm fronds like us?! I love that this classic palm beach aesthetic is back in style– and incorporating tropical leaves into your destination wedding here in Barbados is easy! Here are some fun ideas outside of centerpieces and arrangements to bring in tropical leaves:

  • An out of town bag with a banana leaf pattern, like the one pictured, is a trendy and fun way to present gifts to your guests who’ve travelled to your wedding.
  • A palm or banana leaf pattern through out your wedding– from cocktail napkins to linens, you can incorporate this pattern thoughtfully in areas with big and small impact
  • A tropical leaf patterned skirt for your maids paired with a crisp white dress shirt. I love this look, and I’ve been coveting this skirt from Party Skirts for like, a year!
  • Line your cocktail hour trays with a banana leaf for an added design element

Those are just a few fun ideas to incorporate this tropical style into your destination wedding! x