Friday, July 10, 2009

Vanessa + Keith : A Simply Exquisite Cayman Wedding

Vanessa and Keith, got married here at the Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman on June 26, 2009. The ceremony was at the world-famous 7 Mile Beach and the wedding reception was at one of Ritz's posh ballrooms.

This gorgeous wedding was fully inspired by the beach but there was absolutely nothing casual with the wedding decor. Purple was also the predominant colour as it is the bride's favourite.

Beautiful Vanessa admiring her bridal bouquet of lavander roses.


....with her bridesmaid's


....a sweet kiss between the newlyed, Vanessa and Keith


...a close up of the sand dollar escort cards.


...Ritz's ballroom fully transformed for the wedding reception with water-like lighting effect all over.


....little girls having fun at the wedding


...the bar with shell accents


All the best Vanessa & Keith!

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Vicky & Tony : Cayman Destination Wedding

Tony and Vicky Smart, the UK couple from Liverpool, who won their dream wedding ( designed by Celebrations) and spend their honeymoon here in Cayman courtesy of the Department of Tourism were overwhelmed with the arrangements made on their behalf.  The couple who arrived on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009, were in awe of their 3 bedroom suite supplied by Caribbean Club  with a breathtaking view of the world-renowned 7 Mile Beach.


Their wedding ceremony was held on the beach of the Caribbean Club. With only 8 guests in attendance, it was a very intimate wedding but  no details were spared. The ceremony was performed under a uniquely designed canopy  with stunning floral and diamante accents that shimmered in the afternoon sun.



 Following the ceremony, a cocktail reception was set up by the pool and then the dinner reception on the balcony of their suite.



The day after their wedding, before leaving on their honeymoon, they were treated to a Stingray City trip which they said was one of the highlights of their destination wedding.

For their honeymoon, the couple travelled to Little Cayman, the smallest island of the 3 islands that makes Cayman, and stayed at the Southern Cross Resort, " We felt like we were on our own desert island", said Vicki. " We went snorkelling, sea fishing and met some lovely people."

Vicky and Tony sent a lovely email after landing back in the UK: " Tony and I are back home now!!!We were very sad to leave your beautiful islands! It was a dream come true and far exceeded anything that we could have hoped for, even now we can't believe it really happened. Thank you all so much again for making our wedding perfect. Vicky & Tony xx"

Thank you Vicky & were such a pleasure to work with. We hope you'll come and visit us again here in the Cayman Islands.

Photography by: David Wolfe

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Engage!09 Featured in Cayman Compass

Article written by Cliodhna Doherty of Cayman Compass.

Here's the article verbatim.
Some of the biggest names in weddings are saying “I do” to Cayman as a top wedding destination after a top notch wedding symposium’s success here recently.
Such was the impression made that within days of the conference taking place, a new up–scale wedding has been moved here from another Caribbean island and much interest is being shown from wedding planners.
Engage ’09 Something Blue, a Luxury Wedding Symposium was held at the Ritz–Carlton, Grand Cayman from 21 –24 June.
Kathryn Arce & rebecca Grinnals of Engaging Concepts. Photo by Stacey Kane

The organizers of the prestigious event, Rebecca Grinnals of Engaging Concepts, Inc. and the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism literally brought together the ‘best of the best” in the wedding industry.
And now the Cayman Islands can only be set to reap the rewards, according to organisers and local sponsors.
“It was an awesome event for Cayman and it went really well. It can only translate to more weddings and celebrity weddings coming here,” said Managing Director of Celebrations Jo–Anne Brown, one of the main sponsors of the event.
“Quite simply it was an amazing success, really beyond our wildest dreams,” said Mrs Grinnals who is Romance Consultant for the Cayman Islands.
With the top names in weddings in attendance, including Preston Bailey and Michelle Rago among many other famous wedding designers, planners, photographers and media, the high impact luxury wedding business summit attracted the high end wedding industry professionals.
“Over 175 attendees came from 27 states and nine countries – as far away as Calgary, Alberta and the UK.”
Such top media as Darcy Miller of Martha Stewart Weddings and Carley Roney from The will also provide high publicity on the event and destination. There was also much live blogging from the event.
Preston Bailey during Engage! 09.Photo by: Stacey Kane
A top name in celebrity wedding planning, Preston Bailey said, “The location is beautiful, the beaches are great and what I’ve noticed so far is there’s a lot of good taste here and there’s money, so all of those ingredients are really perfect for a wonderful destination area.”
Mrs Grinnals said there is no question that the symposium will bring more luxury wedding business in both the long and short term to the Cayman Islands.
“We had destination wedding planners going on island site tours afterwards with the sole purpose of seeking locations for couples they are working with.
“We have a story of a Texas based wedding planner who had already been in touch with a couple she is working with who had started planning in St. John in the USVI but she called them from Cayman and told them that they must switch destinations as this was the perfect location for what they were looking for.”
Mrs Grinnals noted that about 80 per cent of the speakers/attendees had never visited Cayman before and they were enchanted with the beauty, sun, sea, sand and the level of talent on island to support weddings.
“People could not believe it and cannot stop talking about it. And these are key influencers in the wedding market . . . We created an environment that allowed everyone to not just tell these influencers/bridal media what Cayman is capable of and what makes it such a unique and special destination, we created an environment to show them – and that is so much more powerful.”
Photo by Stacey Kane
Celebrations’ Mrs. Brown gave attendees the benefit of her extensive years of experience in the destination wedding industry from a Caribbean perspective as part of a panel discussion.
“It was very awesome to be on this panel and questioned from people from all over the world,” she said.
She got the message out that Cayman wedding planners can be an extension to wedding planners coming to work on–island.
And the feedback to her, in turn, was that it was wonderful to have a company such as Celebrations that is equipped to such a level as they are, with ability to provide for all facets of a wedding, such as transport trucks, calligraphers, seamstresses, tents chairs etc. On other Caribbean islands upscale or celebrity wedding planners have to deal with many different suppliers and vendors, some of whom may not be that dependable.

Mrs Brown explained that Celebrations did all the floral for the entire event from beginning to end. The first night was designed by big name Michelle Rago but was still executed by Celebrations.
“There was some amazing feedback,” she explained. “It’s very heart–warming because these people [the visiting wedding planners] work with budgets that have no restraints.”
And for the Cayman Islands, definitely more high–end weddings will come from this, she admits. “So many planners have emailed me and said they will be pushing for weddings in the Cayman Islands,” she said.
Mrs Brown also announced at the symposium that she is writing a table–top book “Caribbean Wedding Style”, with her perspective of what Caribbean wedding style is.
And the trend for destination weddings looks like the market will continue to grow, despite the recession, the conference heard.
Twelve years ago when destination weddings started they comprised of one or two per cent of US weddings and that figure has now grown to 20 per cent.
An Emmy–winning film crew was on hand to capture all of the footage for a planned one–hour television special on the event and the many attendees, to air near the end of 2009.
The brand new wedding website was launched by the Department of Tourism at the event

More photos of the final night, taken by the fabulous Stacey Kane

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Lauren + Brent : A Fun & Romantic Destination Cayman Wedding

Lauren  & Brent  were married on a beautiful day in June here in the Cayman Islands. The wedding was creative, romantic, and fun! Their goal was to really incorporate aspects of their personal style into the day so their guests got a feeling of who they were, from beginning to end. The day was full of friends and laid back fun, and photographer David Wolfe was there to capture every gorgeous moment.

Lovely Lauren with her bridal bouquet of exotic blooms such as Cymbidiums, Mocarra, Gloriosa orchids, Peonies etc.

Lauren, right in front of her simple yet elegant wedding ceremony site by The Wharf Restaurant.


The simple yet stunning floral centerpieces with Cymbidium Orchids, tulips and dendrobiums on bright Lime green and Fuchsia linens.  The thoughtful fashion and decor details of the day were abundant, but all were clean, casual and full of fun-loving spirit.


Lauren and Brent and their guests during the wedding reception. Ambient lighting was provided by fuchsia lanterns  and candles.


The newlywed, Lauren & Brent having their first dance as husband and wife.

Here's wishing you a lifetime of wedded bliss!!! Congratulations Lauren & Brent

Photos by: David Wolfe