I’m so excited to share the beautiful wedding of Jessica and Matthew on our blog today! If you missed their welcome party or rehearsal dinner, follow the links to view each event surrounding their gorgeous wedding weekend!
Before I go into the details of the day I want to tell you a little bit about Jessica and Matthew– and their family. They are wonderful. Simply, and truly, wonderful. They have the unique ability to connect with everyone who helped to make this day special– and in turn made them feel special. You instantly felt like you were part of the family as they welcomed you with big hugs and lots of warm-hearted laughs. It is very obvious how important family is to J&M– you can see it in how much time they spend with their parents and siblings, or the many family vacations they all go on every year– or how many of their family made the trip to Barbados to witness their marriage. You can also see it in who they chose to stand by them in their wedding party. Jessica’s sisters were all her bridesmaids along with Matthew’s sister, and Matthew chose his brother, father and uncles to be his groomsmen.
When Jessica and I began on the design of her wedding, she wanted to embrace a soft and fun tropical color palette with a punch of citrus! We worked with Nichole Michel of Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design on the invitations and the entire paper suite for the weekend– and she did an amazing job! She perfectly blended a fun and modern tropical theme while keeping the invitations classic.
The day began relaxed for both J&M in the beautiful suites at Cobblers Cove. Jessica and her gorgeous bridesmaids were pampered by our stylists, Donna, Kia and Name and spent the morning sipping mimosas, laughing and sharing memories. Matthew and his groomsmen suited up just after lunch and made their way to St. Patricks’ Cathedral in Bridgetown. I have to say, Matthew was every wedding planners dream as a groom… if he was told he needed to be somewhere, he got himself there and perfectly on time!
St. Patricks’ Cathedral is in the heart of Bridgetown, and serves as the archdiocese of Barbados. In fact, it is the oldest Catholic church on the island– built in 1899! Jessica and Matthew fell in love with the idea of being married at this Cathedral and they invited a special guest to perform their ceremony with the permission of the church. Father Wall had been Jessica’s family priest for decades– in fact– he even baptized her! It was so special to have Father Wall be apart of the festivities the entire weekend. He is such a sweet and loving man, and truly loves Jessica, her family and Matthew. He was also a lot of fun, and took me for a spin around the dance floor during the reception!
Jessica and Matthew opted to have their ceremony decorated in classic white, and Giselle along with her team at Events & Decor by Giselle worked with us on creating an abundant and gorgeous alter. As guests entered the church, they were greeted by a beautiful floral and garland arch– dripping with roses and ranunculus. It was truly beautiful! Hymns and songs were played by our classic quartet and Jessica was walked down the aisle by her dad to the classic Canon D. The ceremony was truly heartwarming– filled with a few tears, some laughs, and a beautiful exchange of vows. After the ceremony, J&M were sent off to the reception by their guests (and an extremely large portrait of Jesus!).
Guests arrive by shuttle to Cobblers Cove and enjoyed signature cocktails in custom glasses, canapés, and a gorgeous raw bar overlooking the Caribbean sea. NJ30+ provided funky, upbeat jazz music which led us into an amazing sunset and a round of very heartfelt toasts by Jessica’s father, the best man Casey and maid of honor, Carly. After cocktails, guests dined in Cobblers’ lush gardens under swaying palms, flickering candles and a ceiling of string lights. It was truly magical!
After dinner, Jessica and Matthew surprised their guests with a lantern release (special thanks to Henri for her logistical mastermind on getting this done well!). They had purchased these 200+ sky lanterns (in Thailand, I think!) a few years ago and travelled with them all the way back to New York– knowing one day, they would release them at their wedding. It was so gorgeous and special– and just as the lanterns started to float away, our amazing band 2 Mile Hill started to play Coldplay’s “Sky Full of Stars.” We all had chills! The rest of the night was spent dancing away under a beautiful tent.
A special thank you to all our vendors who worked so hard to make Jessica & Matthew’s wedding day so wonderful. A special thank you to Will and Anne-Marie at Cobblers for all they did and to my team– Diana, Melissa, Alli and Shannon– who were absolute rockstars on the wedding day– THANK YOU! Thank you to Fred Marcus Studios for the generous use of the images below (images of the paper story are by Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design).
Jessica and Matthew– thank you for letting us be part of your personal history and trusting our team. This was a day our entire team will remember. So sorry for crying when I had to say goodbye, but I am SO excited that you’re making Barbados a place you’ll return to year after year. That means I get to see you for many years to come!
Wedding Planning, Design & Coordination: Jubilee Events: Caribbean in Barbados
Photography: Brian Marcus of Fred Marcus Photography
Ceremony: St. Patricks Cathedral
Reception & Catering: Cobblers Cove Hotel
Staffing & Late Night Snacks: In-Fusion Catering
Florist: Events & Decor by Giselle
Invitations & Paper: Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design
Ceremony Musicians: Stephen Brathwaite
Cocktail Hour Musicians: NJ30+
Reception Band: 2 Mile Hill
After Party DJ: DJ JJ
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens
Tent: S and R Rentals
Event Rentals: Ellco
Bars & Bar Backs: Events Unusual
Lighting: Best Effects
Videography: I Do Video Art
Hair: Hair by Donna (bride, MOH and moms) and Krave Hair Studio (bridesmaids)
Makeup: Makeup by Kia Foster Blades
Transportation: SunTours & Foster and Ince