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.
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.