a glamorous wedding and dinner reception at Villa Serenita, St. Thomas, USVI
There were so many amazing details at Amanda and Jason’s wedding, I just don’t know where to start.
First of all, check out her gorgeous vintage wedding gown. It was her mother’s!
Then, be sure to inspect every inch her dreamy and colorful mega bouquet!
Most of all, I loved the combination of the vintage lace with the bright, tropical flowers and the way that the overall look of this wedding ‘married’ classical sensibilities with a fresh and modern take.
Thanks, Sage Hammond, for sharing these amazing photos of such a lovely day.
A Vintage Wedding Gown
I have to take a moment and really talk about this dress. It was one of my favorite elements of this wedding.
Amanda’s gown was originally worn by style-maven, Carol, Amanda’s mother. (That’s her in the equally stylish gold sequined number up above!)
Carol’s gown originally had sleeves and a shepherdess hat. Amanda had her local seamstress remove the sleeves and she used the extra lace to adorn her bouquet.
Fashions may change, but great style remains the same.
Guys in Tuxes
Equally classic and stylish was Jason – the groom.
I have a thing or tuxedos. I guess it’s because I see them very often. Usually, my grooms wear white linen shirts (nothing wrong with them!). This is the Caribbean after all.
In fact, all of the guys at this wedding were SHARP! Check out the dapper ‘Mr. I Don’t Bear Pillows’ and the groomsmen.
My second favorite element of this wedding was Amanda’s colorful mega bouquet. Along with wearing her mother’s gown, Amanda’s only other “must have” for her wedding was a “really, really big and really, really bright bouquet”.
This bouquet really was everything!
The wedding ceremony was held at vacation villa rental, Villa Serenita, on the east end of the island. This is one one of my favorite villas for weddings.
The arbored terrace overlooking the ocean is the perfect spot for afternoon ceremonies. And the pool area is the perfect backdrop for cocktail hour.
Keeping with the classic but tropical look, gorgeous floral arrangements flanked the altar and aisle and coordinated with Amanda’s bouquet.
The wedding reception was also held at Villa Serenita. It began with dancing and cocktail hour poolside followed by a formal, seated dinner, and then, of course, more dancing under the stars to the tunes of groove band, the ISH.
The decor was inspired by the combination of classical elements but with a tropical twist. In this case, an elegant table setting with gold lace overlays, beautiful chargers, and dramatic, colorful centerpieces.
Going along with the nod to the classics, Amanda and Jason danced to the song “Moon River” for their first dance. There are so many great quips in the lyrics of the song.
So I incorporated some of the ones I liked into the mirrored seating and bar signs, as well as well as the cocktail napkins.
If you’re not familiar with the song, Audrey Hepburn sing is in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s“.
Moon river, wider than a mile
I’m crossing you in style someday
You dream maker
Where ever you’re going I’m going your way
Two drifters off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after the same rainbow’s end
Waiting round the bend
My huckleberry friend
Moon river and me
The entire wedding came off so well. Thank YOU!! You did an amazing job and stayed within our budget too. I can’t think of a single thing I wasn’t totally pleased with!
– Amanda & Jason
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