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Kate + Tyler | The Ocean Club Bahamas Wedding

Kristin of Kristin Ashley Events contacted me about shooting this Ocean Club Bahamas wedding and I immediately googled the venue and my jaw hit the ground and my answer was a resounding YES with one small detail – I had to meet the lovely bride.  To say I was nervous to get her approval was a complete understatement but the moment we met I felt like I was having lunch with an old friend.

Kate was as genuine as they come and I adored everything about the way she talked about Tyler.  She talked about him as though he was her best friend in the world but also someone she completely admired.  We chatted over amazing Mission Tacos subsequently sealing the deal! Their engagement session was so much fun and the best way to get to know them together.  He is so sweet with her and encourages her in all that she does.

The Wedding Day

All the stars aligned for Kate and Tylers incredible wedding day in the beautiful Bahamas.  It rained the days before and the morning of and the winds picked up just before the weather cleared suddenly just in time for the two to see each other before saying their vows.

The morning of the wedding Tyler entrusted me with a green box to give Kate after she got her dress on and was ready for jewelry.  Her best friend Krystle handed her the box and instantly Kate read the name on top Simon’s and she knew.  She had seen a stunning pair of earrings months back that she never did get but she loved.  He found them and hid them from her on the trip for her to open on their wedding day.  It was the perfect something blue.

Their first look set the stage for the whole day.  She was magnificent and the look on his face was priceless.  The laughed together as she adjusted his pocket square and lovingly combed his hair through with her fingers.  We made a pit stop at their hotel room so Kate to present him with a privately commissioned Jane Waterous  painting.  She is an internationally renowned artist living in the Bahamas who has her work displayed in the lobby of the Ocean Club and they had fallen in love with it the year before when they visited.

Details

The rest of the day went off without a hitch.  The most amazing team at Kristin Ashley Events was sure to make certain nothing was missed.  Every single detail throughout the day was amazing. The ceremony was breathtaking at the Cloisters. They are the remains of a 12th-century french augustinian monastery now on beautiful paradise island and I can’t imagine a more gorgeous location to say your vows!  Guests were amazed at the beautiful gardens where the cocktail hour was held near the lily pond.  The reception boasted the most beautiful table with cafe lights strewn overhead.   They toasted to their love with the most hysterical stories of their childhoods and young entrepreneurial adventures.  The day was the most incredible start to a wonderful life together for the two of them and I was thrilled to be there to witness.

Vendors:

Venue – The Four Seasons Ocean Club Bahamas

Wedding Planner – Kristin Ashley Events

Florist – Wildflowers

Invitations – On Three

Band – Rock With U

Ceremony Musicians – Jackie Peterson

Wedding Dress Designer – Carolina Herrera

Hair – Aseel

Makeup – Regina McCook

Bridal Boutique – Berrybridge

Bridesmaids Dresses – Bill Levkoff

Bridesmaids Boutique – Simply Elegant

Jewelry – Simon’s

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I was lucky enough to photograph this adorable big sis Miss Caroline just about 18 months ago, and now I got to snuggle on Miss Hadley!! I can’t wait to watch these two sisters love on each other!! Congrats Lisa and Wes!!

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City Cottage Wedding

She contacted me some months after her brothers wedding we photographed and I still remembered her smile and laugh from that day.  She has a contagious energy and the most welcoming demeanor of anyone I have ever met.  I was all in.  They selected two of my favorite venues that were the perfect balance for them.  The gorgeous St. Francis Xavier College Church that leaves guests searching around admiring its beauty before the procession begins.  The ceremony was rich with tradition in the grand space but felt so intimate.

We took some time for photos before we broke for a pit stop at the Planter’s House just minute from the venue.  The wedding party sipped out of copper mugs and laughed and recounted hilarious stories of the night before.  The party relocated to the City Cottage which is perhaps the coziest venue.  The ornate woodwork extends the length of the bar and in the dining room the exposed brick walls fireplaces make you feel like you stepped back in time.  Out back on the patio, the wood oven crackled and warmed for late night pizzas and a piñata dangled full of small airplane bottles of booze that the party goers took full advantage of when Joe broke it open late night.

There are certain things that always catch my attention during a wedding day.  One being the sincerity of the speeches and the reaction of the couple.  You can tell a lot about a couple during the speeches as an indication of what the future holds.  They burst out laughing at themselves and at each other in the most heartwarming way.  Wishing you both a life rich with laughter full  – also a little prayer that you got a really great vacuum as a wedding gift.

xoxo,

Susie

Vendors:

Church – St. Francis Xavier College Church

Reception – City Cottage

Catering – Catering St. Louis

Flowers – Bloomin Buckets

Jewelry – Simon’s

Bridal Boutique – Town & Country Bridal

Gown – Martina Liana

HMUA – Blown Away Dry Bar

Suits – Express

Men’s Accessories – Tie Bar

Band – My Friend Mike

Invitations – Paper Source

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I was super excited when I got an email about doing a cute grandparents session with Lila and Asha. I did Asha’s newborn session in the fall and I love seeing “my babies” again!! These girls love their grandparents SO much, it was really sweet seeing them play and snuggle on them!!

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Oh Mr. Jack!! I cannot wait to see how you fit in this super fun trio of boys! You’ll be running and jumping along with them in no time!! Congratulations Wittenbrinks!! Such a sweet fam!!

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