Tropical & Colourful Destination Wedding in Jamaica

Destination Wedding Jamaica

We were extremely fortunate to start 2018 off with a tropical and colourful destination wedding in Jamaica. And by start, I literally mean our plane took off the morning of January 1st. We barely had time to dust off the New Year’s Eve confetti out of our hair!

I am extremely proud of this wedding as it was the very first destination wedding I’ve planned under my own company. There’s also quite a backstory to how it came together, somewhat miraculously.

Irma

Maryann & Komi fell in love with the island of St. Maarten. Their resort was booked. Their guests had sent in their vacation notices. Then, Irma came roaring through the Caribbean, devastating not just their resort, but the entire island of St. Maarten. This happened in September, and all of our flights were booked to leave on December 31st.

To say my clients were shattered was an understatement. We now had 4 months to find a new destination for about 75 guests and start from the very beginning.

You really have to come from a place of understanding at this point. As they had their hearts set on this destination, it was hard for them to picture their wedding anywhere else. They also wanted to keep the same travel dates as so many of their family and friends had already booked it off. Maryann wanted to go somewhere else, but many places just didn’t seem to fit her original vision.

Excuse my French, but shit does happen. And to good people, unfortunately. My beautiful bride was frustrated as hell but I think we can all understand why. I had to reassure her that we could start from scratch. We had to think that we now had a blank canvas and could reinvent her wedding. And weren’t we all just lucky to not be on the island when the hurricane came through? It was hard, but she began to see some light through that long dark tunnel.

 

Jamaica Destination Wedding

Jamaica

If you were tuned into the weather at that time, you’ll know that another hurricane was closely following Irma through the Caribbean. Pretty sure there were 3 big ones! One of the islands that came out unscathed was Jamaica. It took us an entire month to finally choose the destination and resort. If you’re doing your math, we now had 3 months to bring everything together. But, they were open, they had availability and we could still book for a reasonable price considering how last minute it was.

Again, I’m so proud of this wedding because in the end, Maryann and Komi were extremely happy. Despite all the crap they went through, they were still able to get married with SEVENTY-FIVE family and friends present. We pulled it off. Even came up with a sweet hashtag to commemorate it: #inyourfaceirma!

 

African Ceremony

This wedding had a lot of moving parts as we needed to incorporate two different cultural ceremonies. I was so excited to help plan and witness my first ever African Ceremony. Komi’s family from Togo conducted the blessing under the beautiful Grand Gazebo. We bought some fabric in Toronto with a traditional African print to add a beautiful pop of colour to the chairs!

Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica Desitination Wedding

I could not get over how regal they looked in their traditional African garbs. The blessing consisted of his parents asking their ancestors to bless their union and to look over them. Folklore of casting away evil spirits and only inviting good spirits were also part of it. My favourite part was all the awesome dancing that happened at the end of it!

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Wedding Day

Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica

Another challenge we faced when trying to find a new destination was that our bride wholeheartedly wanted to get married in a Catholic church. We found one on the island but not without any challenges. It was about a 45 minute drive from the resort. There was a closer church, but they didn’t allow outside partitioners to get married there. We were able to charter two coach buses to transport everyone to the ceremony site and it worked out very well. It was a nice drive and you were able to see the lush landscape of Jamaica on the way. Father Neil of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Falmouth was incredibly kind and accommodating. Even allowing Maryann and Komi to be married by her uncle who is a priest in India.

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Jamaica destination wedding

Wedding Party

What I really loved about the wedding party outfits Maryann and Komi chose was that both the African and Indian cultures were represented. Royal blues and bright pink hues really popped with that gorgeous ocean background. Even the cutest flower girls and ring bearers showed up in full garb!

Destination wedding Jamaica

 

Reception

Maryann and Komi wanted their guests to feel like they were truly immersed in the natural landscape of their wedding. So we went with a bright and tropical colour palette to compliment their outfits. Pops of cobalt blue and sea green glass, filled with palm and monstera leaves, birds of paradise and ginger flowers. The day-of stationery was inspired by the beautiful patterns of both cultures as well.

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And to finish the evening, like most Gina Humilde Events, the dance floor was filled instantly and everyone partied the night away. Big thank you to DJ Token for combining all of their cultural music requests FLAWLESSLY.

Really could not have asked for a better wedding to start 2018 with!

destination wedding Jamaica

destination wedding Jamaica

 

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