Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular these days, and for good reason. They are easy-peasy-breezy, one can plan a lot, or one can plan a little – and hey, on top of all of it you get an amazing vacation with those you hold dear. For Jordan and Alyson, a destination wedding made sense as they have family and friends all over the world, which would force their guests to travel no matter where their wedding was held. May as well have it on a sandy beach on a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean!
My top five favourite things from this wedding:
1.) The hidden gem of the Caribbean. Roatan Island is part of the country of Hondouras and is an absolutely gorgeous spot. The reef, the food, the weather – incredible.
2.) Off-site wedding. Jordan, Alyson, and their guests stayed in a small and intimate resort, with only 120 rooms which made for relaxed and uncrowded common areas and beaches. After a number of days on this resort, it was a treat to travel off-site to an entirely different location for their ceremony and reception.
3.) Keeping it personal. No matter where you are in the world, a wedding is a personal thing, and any personal touch is so important to include. For this wedding, personal touches included Alyson’s uncle leading the ceremony, Alyson’s step-mum making the majority of the decor and Jordan and Alyson handing out personalized beach-cups and beach bags for all who attended – a little thought goes a long way.
4.) Alyson’s Grandma. She is in her 80’s and not only travelled the distance for this wedding, she also did a beautiful reading during the ceremony, drank scotch better than most men and danced the night away when most guests’ feet were getting sore – what an amazing woman!
5.) “Fire Balls.” Jordan and Alyson arranged to have paper lanterns lit and released as a way to end the wedding celebrations and the week together before saying goodbye. As everyone in attendance lit their lantern, made their wishes and prepared to let go, Mother Nature had another plan. She blew the Caribbean winds and took those lanterns to rooftops, pools, tables, in-between guests who ran for their lives, ducking and diving from these balls of fire – it was a sight that my stomach is still sore from laughing so hard at. Everyone was in tears and belly-laughter, it was one of the funniest sights I have seen in my life. The lesson is, you can plan, plan, and then plan some more, but in the end, life does what it does and sometimes it ends up being better than you could have imagined.
Some of my favourite photos: