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!