Wedding Date: May 28th, 2011
Photographer: Dwayne Watkins Photography
Ceremony/ Reception: Negril Escape Resort and Spa, Jamaica
Event Day Coordinator: Negril Escape Resort and Spa, Jamaica – Natasha Wallace
Florist: Floral Fantasy, Negril, Jamaica
The beauty of Jamaica set the stage for Stacy-Ann and Anthony’s wedding themed around Bob Marley’s song ‘One Love’. Fitting for the occasion and a reflection of their Jamaican heritage, Stacey and Anthony couldn’t have been happier.
Stacy-Ann and Anthony’s untraditional engagement experience started when they set a date for their wedding knowing they wouldn’t have an engagement ring .... Read Stacy-Ann and Anthony's Real Proposal
Stacy-Ann wanted her wedding to be personal and reflect her and Anthony’s taste, so she designed it herself.
Knowing they wanted to theme the wedding around their love of their Jamaican heritage and their desire to have a small intimate affair, they decided on a destination wedding in Negril Jamaica.
Using Bob Marley’s music as the inspiration, Stacy-Ann designed a wedding program around a stanza from his song “How you know you found the right one.”
Stacy-Ann wedding cake table decor spelled out, “One Love” in her bridal colours: mocha brown, key lime green and touches of blush pink.
“During cocktail hour guests could write a note of advice to us at the ‘well wishes’ table,” Stacy-Ann recalls.
“The favours were wedding fans we placed on the ceremony chairs for each guest. They provided a breeze from the heat and were a memento to take home,” she said. “Each fan had an engagement photograph of Anthony and I tied to the base.”
The Wedding Attire
Over the course of Stacy-Ann’s wedding weekend she had three bridal gowns.
The first gown, Nica by Ines Di Santo, Stacy-Ann wore for the pre-ceremony photographs, at the wedding ceremony, and during the cocktail hour.
“This was my dream gown,” Stacy-Ann recalls. “I knew I didn’t want to be a princess on my wedding day, I wanted to be “red carpet ready” and Ines Di Santo's Nikki gown made me feel like a glamorous movie star – perfect for my glam destination wedding.”
"The second gown, by Lilli Isaac, I wore at the reception,” Stacy-Ann states. “It was a lace mermaid silhouette – perfect for my romantic side.”
“My third gown, Reese by Maggie Sottero, I used the day after the wedding at the beach. It was ethereal and flirtatious - perfect for a trash the dress photo shoot.”
The Most Memorable Moment
“My most memorable moment,” Stacy-Ann says, “Is when I saw Anthony at the wedding for the first time.”
“I didn’t think I would cry on my wedding day, but my emotions just took over me.”
“I will always remember that feeling,” she says. “It’s was such a great feeling, if I could bottle it up and sell it, I would.”
When having a wedding outside, Stacy-Ann feels you have to have a back-up plan for your ceremony and reception.
“We were so fortunate because we had all our pictures done before the ceremony, when it was beautiful outside,” Stacy-Ann recalls, “The weather changed though and it started to pour at the reception but we were fine because we were inside.
“We could enjoy the rain which is considered a blessing in our culture.”
Another tip Stacy-Ann has for couples getting married, is surround yourself with positive energy on your wedding day.
“With a supportive mother and bridal party and soothing music playing in the background, I felt relaxed that day,” she said.
“Everyone said, ‘I was the calmest bride they ever met’ and I felt it reflected in my photographs.”
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