RELAXED BEACH WEDDING - HARBOUR ISLAND, BAHAMAS
After getting engaged in the Bahamas, Emily & Jeremy returned for their gorgeous beachside wedding at the OCEAN VIEW CLUB and had me and my handsome partner in crime, Matias, capture their day.
From the moment I have FaceTimed with Emily I felt like she was my close friend. Her and Jeremy were so kind, creative, witty and simply so generous. I was crazy excited to meet their families and closest friends.
Flying back to Eleuthera in the Bahamas in December 2017 after photographing Harbour Island and The Other Side for Condé Nast Traveller in May 2017 felt like we have never left.
The island welcomed us once again with open arms. We drove our golf cart around saying hi to everyone and hugging everyone we have met before. There is something truly magical about Harbour Island, also known as Briland to the locals. The team at LITTLE ISLAND DESIGN helped plan the wedding celebration for Emily and Jeremy to perfection! With scrumptious food, a chic hotel to stay, and most importantly their friends and family feeling at home.
"They welcomed our english bulldog, Ramona, and she had an absolute blast with all of their dogs. They made our wedding seamless and truly the best day ever." - Emily recalls.
The owners of the OCEAN VIEW CLUB, Ben and Charlie, are our favourite people on earth! They are so professional, so kind, they open their home to all the guests and share everything they know and have with you. Their growing family and always present animals make the place truly unique, genuine and so laid back!
It was a dream to photograph this wonderful December wedding on Harbour Island surrounded by beautiful people and incredible passionates!
If you want to read more about Emily’s and Jeremy’s day have a look at the Q&As below.
HOW DID YOU MEET? We met in 2013, purely platonic at first. We became neighbours, and I was a kindergarten teacher and was teaching Jeremy's nephew at the time. We would see each other around and remained friendly. More so after each of our relationships fizzled. We began spending one-on-one time together and realised what a special connection we'd found in each other.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: In May we took a boat trip to the Bahamas with Jeremy's family. The first night we arrived we decided to head to the Dunmore for cocktails at sunset. We were taking pictures and he got down on one knee. It was the best and most romantic moment! Lots of happy tears and celebrating.
ANY DIY ELEMENTS? I did my own makeup and hair. I also designed my invitations. I loved the idea of having a custom map of the island with points of interest so our guests could get a feel for the island prior to their arrival. Thanks to Alyssa and Laura, at Laura Hooper Calligraphy. Swoon.
DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: Little Island Details took care of it all. I think they had them imported from Nassau. I just sent photos and they appeared. Magic.
FAVOURITE DETAIL OF THE DAY: Definitely having everyone that we love there all together. It was the best day of our lives.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OUT TO A COUPLE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING? Make sure you get help from your planner / venue coordinator.
ANY OTHER DETAILS THAT HELP TELL THE STORY OF YOUR DAY? I really wanted a violinist to perform during the ceremony. They sought out Cameron from the big island, and he played 'Canon in D' while my dad and I walked down the aisle. Also, Rocky & Ersley played during the ceremony and cocktail hour. They are awesome! We had some special requests-not your traditional songs, and they happily agreed to learn them, and quickly. For Jeremy's entrance they played 'I wanna grow old with you-Adam Sandler,' our mom's walked to 'You are the sunshine in my life'-Stevie Wonder, the flower girls-'Ever Be'-Aaron Shust, and my brothers and our dog, Ramona walked to 'You've got a friend in me'-Randy Newman. We also had a band (123 band) during the reception. They were amazing. As a surprise for our guests, I did a quick change and we re-entered through the luminary path to the dance floor followed by a Junkanoo parade.
As seen on Magnolia Rouge
Photographer ANA LUI PHOTOGRAPHY | Wedding planner LITTLE ISLAND DESIGN | Wedding Venue OCEAN VIEW HARBOUR ISLAND | Wedding gown KITTY CHEN - ALVINA | Anklets GRACE LOVES LACE - LAXMI | Wedding Video BUENAVISTA VIDEOS | Calligraphy LAURA HOOPER CALLIGRAPHY