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Amanda + Max: A Plantation Style Wedding in Barbados

posted by Candice September 14, 2016 2 Comments
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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
 

Getting married in Barbados via http://www.eventjubileecaribbean.com

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

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.

Tropical leaf wedding inspiration via http://www.eventjubileecaribbean.com

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

 

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One of the most important aspects of a wedding to me is the FOOD! — besides location of course!

In Barbadian culture it is usually the norm to have a large selection of canapés through the reception rather than a sit down dinner, which I personally love, as it allows for a more relaxed and social atmosphere. And is usually less expensive!

However it is also lovely to have the traditional cocktail hour before dinner, which will also include some sort of delicious canapés.

When planning food for a destination wedding in Barbados it is fun to draw inspiration from local dishes. It gives us a chance to get creative with more unique flavours, garnishes and presentations. This gives guest a fun insight into the Barbadian culture and foods which they have possibly never tried before.

We at Jubilee Events: Caribbean love to get really creative with the presentation and way canapés are served. One of my personal favourites is to include local greenery such as palm leaves for a fun tropical twist.

The flavours found in Caribbean food are very unique and we like to find ways to adapt these to other dishes.

For example;

  • Grilled Watermelon — Preparing fresh fruit with a twist is a unique way to add something quenching to the menu
  • Flying fish — which can be grilled, steamed or fried with a tropical inspired sauce
  • Jerk Pork — Anything with a bit of spice will give guests taste buds a ‘Caribbean’ sensation
  • Anything with a curry flavour!
  • Something that incorporates a sweet mixed with savoury flavour, as this is found quite often in Barbados

We hope that this will inspire you to consider having your wedding in beautiful Barbados!

The beauty and culture goes way beyond food and we hope to share more of what our island has to offer with you!

xo

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  2. Sourced on Square Meal from Rue Magazine Catering by Contemporary Catering Production by Be inspired PR Concept,Event design,styling & Coordination Gather Events Photography Caroline Tran
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Barbados destination wedding fashion advice from http://www.eventjubileecaribbean.com // photography by Carla Ten Eyck

Photography by Carla Ten Eyck

Thinking about getting married in Barbados? You should be!

As a visitor to the island most people instantly gravitate towards the idea of a beach wedding or outdoor setting. Understandably, as there are so many breathtaking locations!

When choosing a wedding dress for a location of this type, it is important to consider the following things;

  • fabric
  • length
  • footwear
  • COMFORT

The climate in Barbados is very humid, which makes choosing the fabrics for your dress very important. You want to choose something that is breathable and light. This however does not mean that you can not have that ‘ball gown’ dress that you had always dreamed of, once the fabric is carefully considered.

We also suggest that you consider the idea of changing into a shorter dress for the reception if you are having festivities beyond the ceremony, as it will make your dancing experience much more carefree and comfortable.

There is nothing worse than an uncomfortable pair of shoes on any occasion, especially on your wedding day! If you are having a beach ceremony on the sand, we strongly suggest flat footwear with the option to change into heels if the reception has a more firm landscape. Most outdoor locations tend to have un-even landscape, so be sure to choose your heel hight wisely.

Your bridal store will offer you great advice on what best suits your body type and the climate you are going to be getting married in. We are also more than happy to help with any advice you may need thought this fun process!

Happy planning! xx

 

 

 

Classic destination wedding inspiration in Barbados via http://eventjubileecaribbean.com

Often when people think about destination weddings in the Caribbean, they usually think of really bright floral arrangements and pineapple cocktails on the beach.

Although we at Jubilee Events do love a pop of colour and a fun coconut mojito, this may not be to everyones taste.

Achieving an elegant ‘white wedding’ here in Barbados is one of my personal favourites to design. Paired with nature used either in the form of location or in addition to the decor, the results are breathtaking and timeless!

 

  1. Concept/design/shoot stylist Louise Macpherson, floral design by Little Botanica, photography by Craig and Eva Sanders (sourced from Love my dress
  2. Photography by Kasper Creations (sourced from Modwedding)
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  4. Shoot concept/design by Mood Events (sourced from Inspired by this)
  5. Shoot styled by Stockroom Vintage, photography by Alissa Saylor (sourced from Green Wedding Shoes)
  6. (Sourced from Jeannie Savage)

 

Destination Wedding at The Crane in Barbados via http://www.eventjubileecaribbean.com // photography by Gina Francesca Photography

I’m excited to share with you Laura and Dan’s gorgeous destination wedding at The Crane Resort in Barbados! In looking over the images from their beautiful day, one thing strikes me the most: their smiles. Laura and Dan are two loving people whose joyful demeanor hits you the moment you meet them. Laura contacted me several months before her wedding looking for someone to collaborate with on ideas that she and Dan had for their wedding. She wanted something fun and colorful with a hint of sparkle, incorporating her personal style with a hint of island flare, and we worked together to create this playful look for their wedding day.

Thank you to Gina Francesca Photography for the gorgeous images below– and thank you to Laura and Dan for trusting me with such an important day! XO

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VENDOR REEL

Photography: Gina Francesca Photography
Styling & Rentals: Jubilee Events: Caribbean
Location, Coordination & Catering: The Crane Resort, Barbados
Floral Design: Decor by Giselle
Hair: Hair by Donna
Makeup: Leah Whitehead
Cake: Annalise Cakes

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Martha Stewart Weddings asked industry insiders about advice on how to ease into wedding planning– and we were one of them! Head over to their website to read the article, 16 Industry Insiders’ Tricks for Easing Into Wedding Planning. Thank you to the team at Martha for asking us to participate!

Magazines & Publications

Featured in brideLIFE Magazine!

posted by Candice August 19, 2015 0 comments


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Thank you to brideLIFE Magazine for featuring A Jubilee Event: Caribbean in their newest issue. You can read more bout A Jubilee Event: Caribbean and my picks for the top wedding styles here in Barbados, along with the entire publication, on brideLIFE’s website!