Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lindsay & Rob - The Reefs, Bermuda Wedding

Rob and Lindsay knew they wanted a destination wedding with picturesque beaches and where their guests could have a real holiday. Although they had never been to Bermuda, Lindsay's grandparents, Nana and Papa, lived in Bermuda for several years before Lindsay was born. Her mother had visited regularly and told stories of her fond memories of the island. So the combination of its pink sand beaches and the honoring of the bride's late grandparents made it the perfect location for tying the knot.

Lindsay and Rob researched properties in Bermuda and The Reefs stood out from the rest and the right spot for their dream wedding to become a reality. The ceremony was planned on Caso's Point, cocktails on the terrace above, and dinner at Coconuts overhanging the beach. They even hosted their rehearsal dinner the night before on the beach under the stars. Magic.

The dress was a Vera Wang design and the shoes were Badgley Mischka. The maid of honour wore a Monique L'Huillier dress and the peach shoes were also hers.

The sweet flipflops were a gift from the bride's sister, Lisa, and they hand the words "Just" under one foot and "Married" under the other in inverted lettering so as to leave imprints on the sand.

This sweet pin on the inside of Lindsay's dress was the something old, borrowed and blue all wrapped up in one. Lindsay's sister Lisa sewed a length of blue tulle into a pouch to hold some sentimental items. Inside was an old locket from their maternal grandmother and a small bow that was made from a strand of Lindsay's horse's tail. The pouch was held to the dress by a four leaf clover pin that belongs to their mother.

Lindsay's pretty pastel bouquet was created by Flowers by Gimi.

Pictures were very important to the couple so Lindsay and Rob decided to do group and some couple photos before their ceremony. They had a sweet first meeting together near the Bermuda moongate and I always love being a fly on the wall for these intimate first moments.

Rob and Lindsay got engaged at the Renaissance Eden Roc Hotel in Miami, Florida. Rob had inquired at the front desk if they knew of a rooftop in town where he could propose. The associate he spoke with took it upon himself to arrange and amazing suite for the couple with two rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows separated by a sliding door. They crafted a plan for the associate to show Lindsay to the suite separately and then open the sliding door to the second room which had amazing ocean views. There, she found Rob down on one knee with the ring in hand. They also had a bottle of champagne and an assortment of chocolate covered fruits. She said yes...

One of the most special moments for the couple during their wedding was when Rob's father walked Lindsay down the aisle, signifying that she was already his daughter and a member of the family. They also had Lindsay's sister's boyfriend, JD, sing during the ceremony which added a wonderful personal element to the day.

The Swarovski crystal earrings that Lindsay wore were the first jewelry that Rob had given her some ten years ago to wear to a charity ball. The stunning hair piece was found at Vera Wang.

Rob and Lindsay flattered me and my photography to no end and had apparently poured over images I have taken over the years. They had seen one photo of a couple and their shadows and asked for something similar. By the time we went to take the shot, the sun had slipped behind some light clouds and it was rather hazy and there was a very weak shadow. We played around and tried nonetheless and I am thrilled with the dreamy romantic results.

I bet you cannot guess what this photo below is capturing. It is Rob shaking out the lining of Linsay's dress that had completely filled with sand. It weighed a tonne and was so beautiful when it shook out like icing sugar onto a cake!

Cocktails were held at Caso's Point, on the terrace above where the ceremony had taken place.

The Reefs had created the cake exactly as the couple had hoped. Lindsay had sent them a photo of a cake that resembled the tulle in her dress and the pastry chefs recreated the look brilliantly.

After the couple had already sat for dinner, I noticed these glorious lanterns on the beach. The food was still a little ways off and all the tables were happily chatting while the newly weds looked on from their private table. Knowing how important photos were to the two, I asked if they wanted to slip down to the beach for one last shot. They were of course game and I am so glad we did - these images are so romantic!

Lindsay and Rob - it is such a joy photographing a couple like you who are not only so madly smitten with each other and meant to be, but also that you treasure the documentation of this special moment in your lives and gave me the time to create beautiful images - it really shows so thank you for asking me to share in your amazing Bermuda wedding. xxx

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