Let me tell you about the time I found myself exchanging vows with the most amazing man…and all I could think about was tasting the cake.
There I was, standing under the shade of majestic coconut palms surrounded by a hundred of my favorite people with the sun slowly setting over the Caribean sea and a slight breeze sweeping through my dress.
In front of me was this amazing man – handsome and sexy like Fifty Shades of Grey meets Aragorn meets McDreamy. And there he was, making life-long commitments to me and professing his love.
And I found myself thinking: WAIT? WHAT? I’m just here for the cake.
Ok, maybe not quite. All joking aside, my point is, I love weddings – especially the cake – and everyone always asks ‘how I got into them’. The short version is that Blue Sky Ceremony came about based on an off-hand comment about a happy childhood memory.
The long version is that I’ve loved weddings since forever. You see, I’m an island girl – born and raised right here on St. Thomas. And as a child, one of the greatest treats on my weekend beach adventures was seeing a bride – in her wedding dress – getting married right there!
Sometimes it was an intimate elopement with just the bride and the groom. Other times, they were large affairs with pretty decorations and of course those big fluffy ballgowns that I still swoon over. It was like a watching a real-life fairy tale. And my friends and I would pretend, from afar, that we were part of the wedding. There was just something magical about it all.
But then I grew up. I forgot all about my carefree childhood days on the beach. I think the 4 winters at Amherst College in Massachusetts did that to me – anything below 70 is freezing to an island girl.
When I returned to the islands I found myself in a fast-paced career at a financial services company – putting my economics degree to good use. But taking an island girl and burying her in Excel spreadsheets is kinda like taking a city girl making her milk a cow. It just doesn’t work out well.
My then fiance/now husband sensed my growing dissatisfaction with spending my days in front of a computer on boring conference calls. And one day, he uttered some fateful words:
“Do What You Love & You’ll Love What You Do”
To be honest, I was so burnt out and I didn’t even know what that was anymore. In pondering who I was, what I loved, and other deep thoughts on the meaning of life, the memory of those real-life fairy tales, witnessed so long ago, brought a smile to my heart and put a grin on my face. Thinking of the beach weddings I’d seen as well as weddings I attended as a proper guest made me giddy.
In fact, I still get giddy thinking about peacock chairs at a head table, clear slipper shoe favors filled with Jordan almonds wrapped in tulle, and beverage fountains – glorious beverage fountains – the brassier, the better (yes, this was the late 80s and early 90s and I am not ashamed! It was awesome!).
Back then, I didn’t really know what a wedding was, just that you got to wear a pretty dress and walk down the aisle to “Here Comes the Bride.” I knew the words: ‘dearly beloved’, ‘honor’, ‘cherish’, ‘you may now kiss the bride’. But I didn’t know what they meant (except for the kissing the bride part). I just knew that a wedding should be pretty, and as easy and fun as a day at the beach.
Today, I know better. I know what a wedding is, and more importantly, what a marriage means. I know just how much time, work and emotion go into planning such an important event. And for me, being part of that excitement, even if I’m not the star of the show, feels like making magic.
You see, for the average couple, planning a wedding isn’t just hard work, it’s a daunting task. And the whole point of a destination wedding is to get away from it all. For me, however, planning weddings is my superpower. Finding the perfect colors, assembling the puzzle of timelines and logistics, and making sure that everything is planned out in meticulous detail, and then seeing it all come to fruition is like making magic happen. And, of course, I love the cake!
I believe that no matter the size of a wedding, it’s a momentous occasion and should be celebrated. You’re getting ready to commit your lives to each other in the most beautiful place with the most beautiful words and profound thoughts. And your wedding should be a personalized event that encapsulates who you are – as a couple and individuals.
That’s why I’ve designed my services to create one-of-a-kind weddings, where there are no hard and fast rules, where you can choose to blaze your own trail (down the aisle) or honor tradition as you see fit. Your day should be all about giddy, happy, butterflies-in-your-stomach excitement – and it should be your way.
And I’m here to be your partner in (wedding planning) crime, and to keep the ship going, even when your hectic life gets in the way.