Category Archives: Villa Botanica weddings

Congrats to Jackie & Dan!

We did a lot of Villa Botanica weddings this spring. It’s really an awesome location – some brides shy away from it because there isn’t a view of the water from the reception area and I completely understand that when you’re having an destination wedding in the islands, a view is usually at the top of the list. But there are a few things I tell brides that are a little hesitant…

1) if you’re coming in from a ship, your guests are seeing nothing but ocean views all week! The lush tropical gardens are a perfect little escape from the constant sun & sea.
2) if you’re having an evening reception, the sun goes down early and there’s not much of an ocean view once it’s dark anyway. Brides love the views from restaurants such as Havana Blue, but honestly, once the sun sets – it’s just one big black space outside the windows!
3) bring in the sun, sand & sea during the welcome event…have a fun beach BBQ and go to town with the sand in between your toes the night before the wedding – or do a fun excursion with a sailboat and cocktails or snorkeling (always snorkel BEFORE cocktails!)

Now why I decided to add all this info into my congratulations post for Jackie & Ron, I have no idea! Jackie loved the location from the start. It was a perfect garden setting and such a great spot for her group.

Jackie hired Elisha Orin for photos and had Elisha meet them at the Carnival Glory ship.

And proceeded to take some awesome downtown Charlotte Amalie photos – I love the tropical urban feel of our islands downtown streets!

This shot was taken at the historical 99 Steps. How sweet is this little boy! I wanted to steal his hat!

That shot above is just awesome – check out her vibrant blue shoes. Love the contrast here.

And this it was off to the ceremony! Jackie liked the idea of getting married next to the fountain (and that little boys hat I love? He liked trying to catch the water in it!).

Fun shots like this are what really create memories – awesome job Elisha!

Congrats again Jackie & Ron – you had a great group of friends and family with you and amazing photos to cherish & remember it all!

And thank you Jackie for my wonderful gift bag! Jackie was just the sweetest – she brought goodies from Canada for us, including these hand painted (by her mother-in-law!) wine glasses which I adore!

Can’t wait to see you again when you return to the islands!

Cruise ship wedding & reception perfection…

I asked for photos and my brides answered! Here are some photos from our recent wedding at Villa Botanica, taken by the very talented Alexandra Lee of Young Hearts Photography. This couple had such a positive vibe. Very fun to work with! Thanks for making me a part of your special day!

A new romantic arch….

I’m starting to see a new trend in archways… I tried to get a picture of the ceremony but I don’t like to be intrusive so I stayed in the very back and then the real photographers are always in my way! You can see them both crouched down in the aisle in the photosContinue Reading

A Villa Botanica Wedding

I had the pleasure of coordinating a wedding this past Wednesday at Villa Botanica, one of my favorite ceremony & reception spots on St. Thomas. I wanted to share a few elements of the wedding with you here… I absolutely loved these seahorse place card holders. The florist used reindeer moss to create a tableContinue Reading

Ice sculptures in the islands?!

It’s true – they are possible! A fun Cruzan Rum Ice Luge! Our couple had this set up by Dean’s Cakes & Ice at their Villa Botanica wedding. It was quite the hit with wedding guests!

The Ultimate Cruise Ship Wedding!

There are a million and one different ways to have a cruise ship wedding. Often times it is just the bride & groom coming off the ship, leaving friends & family at home. Sometimes it is 100 of the bride & grooms closest friends & family joining them in the week long celebration. For thoseContinue Reading

Villa Botanica…one of my favorites…

Two posts in one day?? Crazy, right? =) I just remembered that I forgot to share these photos from Tim Rothwell. Tim traveled to St. Thomas on the Norwegian Epic with my lovely bride & groom, Mariah & Matt, to photographer their wedding at Villa Botanica on St. Thomas. Villa Botanica is an amazing venue,Continue Reading

Wedding Videos…

I’ve seen a decline in brides requesting videographers for their wedding over the last year. I blame it on economy. I think brides think “I’m already paying for photography so video needs to go” when trimming the budget. While I think you need to do what is best for you, your wedding and your financialContinue Reading

Operation Lemonade 2011

About this time last year, I had a bride that decided to forgo favors for a lemonade stand. Not just any lemonade stand, but one that supported Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. We set up the entry to Villa Botanica so that as guests entered, they could have a nice cup of lemonade before making theirContinue Reading

Amy & Greg’s Wedding!

I am sooo far behind on my blogging! Do you know I have a list saved on my desktop that says “BLOG” full of things I want to share? Some of them are really simple posts, wouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to blog about…but, I did a very important wedding last month for aContinue Reading