From the embossed wedding invitations inspired by the bride’s childhood home – to the couple saying “I DO” in Trinity Methodist Church, a place where the bride’s parents were married almost exactly 30 years earlier – to the groom’s cummerbund which belonged to the bride’s father – to the Daimler Limo which swept the newlyweds away, the same used by the Queen on her previous visits to the Bahamas – this old world colonial chic wedding is steeped in tradition. Pair that with Cacique Weddings By Design, an event planning company who all but coined the phrase “the devil is in the details” and you get floor to ceiling sisal and a staged production that has guests’ heads turning in breathless appreciation as they watch Victorian bird cages be swept off their tables and hung about the perimeter of the tent. Left in anticipation you wonder what does the rest of the night hold. Experience it here, captured to perfection.

Invitations: Ceci New York / Wedding Photography: Andreas Avdoulos + Peter Lueders + Bahamas Visual Services / Flowers: Michelle White from Floral Arts  / Cake: Anne Lever from Simply Sweet / Menus – Table Names – Escort Cards: Cacique Weddings By Design / Choir Music: Shaback / Organist: Kendrick Coleby  / Reception Entertainment: Traffic Jam + Sweet Emily / Junkanoo Group: Colours / Event Planning + Design: Cacique Weddings By Design /  Rehearsal Dinner Location: Graycliff / Wedding Ceremony Location: Trinity Methodist Church / Officiant: Reverend Charles Sweeting + The Most Reverend Patrick Pinder, Archbishop of Nassau & The Bahamas / Wedding Reception Location: Ryswick – Morley Estate / Wedding Transportation: Bahamas Experience Limousines & Tours / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Vail: Something Old – Bride’s Mothers / Bride’s Shoes: Something Blue – Christian Louboutin – lined with blue / Bride’s Earrings: Something Borrowed – Bride’s Mothers – Coin of The Realm  / Bridesmaid Dresses: Custom design Catherine Malandrino / Bridesmaid Jewelery: Alexis Bittar / Bride’s Hair: Jutta Weiss from John Sahag Salon / Bridesmaids’ Hair: Headlines Salon / Manicurist: Windermere Day Spa & Salon / Make-up: Kelli Bartlett / Groom’s Tuxedo: Custom Made by Lord Willy’s / Groom’s Shoes: Custom designed by Stubbs & Wootton to match Groom’s cummerbund / Groom’s Cufflinks: Hand-painted enamel Bahamian coin cufflinks from Coin of the Realm

From Cacique Weddings By Design – The Weddings by Cacique Team truly designed a grand custom wedding for the special couple with abundant unique design aspects.  A custom built floor under the reception tent, blanketed with braided sisal and the entire tent ceiling draped in the same natural sisal created the old world island style the bride was hoping to achieve.  Tailor made Greek Key Drapes framed the magnificent tent, in a sharp chartreuse hue complimenting the coral accents throughout the centerpiece florals.

One specific item that played a huge role in the reception design were a plethora of white Victorian Bird Cages, which seemed to be in-demand for the 2012 wedding trends. The Bird Cages began the evening as candle lit centerpieces for the dining tables and were then moved to hang through out the perimeter of the tent creating a glowing accented embrace around the guests. The interaction and playfulness of the transformation gave intrigue and excitement.

This Old World – Colonial Chic wedding was one our proudest weddings to date. Our team executed a flawless design and our number one priority, the Bride and Groom, were beyond thrilled with their dream come-true wedding.

From the bride who said “I DO” –  While I did meet Blake in New York both sides of my family go back over 300 years in The Bahamas, therefore it was important to me to really capture the Bahamian spirit at our wedding.  We also wanted to keep things personal so we held the reception at my family home ‘Ryswick.’  My inspiration for the wedding was “Old World Nassau” so the historic home in which I grew up was the perfect venue.  I tried to keep all the décor very island meets British Colonial.  In order to achieve this effect, I sourced a lot of the décor through my mother’s local home and gift store Maison Décor.

We also wanted all the music to be Bahamian. In fact, after the ceremony, instead of marching down the aisle to the traditional wedding recessional we had the choir sing “Married Man” by Ronnie Butler, a popular local song by an equally popular Bahamian musician. The band Traffic Jam was also instructed to only play old Bahamian songs – a huge hit with both the locals Bahamians in attendance and all the out-of-towners!  I also arranged for a special appearance by Sweet Emily who sang “Someday” for our first dance.  This was a truly incredible experience as Sweet Emily had not sung in public for years prior to the wedding!

It was also important to me to include lots of tiny remembrances to my father John as he passed away several years ago.  To that end, we included a dedication to him in the wedding program.  Additionally, Blake wore my favourite bow tie and cummerbund, the one my father wore on his wedding day.  As a wedding gift to Blake, I had custom shoes made by Stubbs & Wootton to match the cummerbund, I gave them as a wedding gift to Blake the day before I walked down the aisle. We also asked one of my father’s dear friends Archbishop Pat Pinder to participate in the ceremony, the two had played tennis together every morning before my father’s passing. Even though he wasn’t there to walk me down the aisle in person, all these little touches helped me make it feel as though somehow he was still there with me on my wedding day.

Overall it was an incredibly festive affair with bright island colours, an array of local musicians, and a fun time had by all!  Blake and I had a wonderful time celebrating with all our closest friends and family from around the world.

Thank you to Tara + Blake for being a part of The Experience.

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