The shores of St. Lucia set the scene for today’s exquisite wedding, at the Windjammer Landing Resort. Destination wedding photographer Ben Elsass was on hand to capture every stunning detail of the romantic celebration which included an amazing, backless Katie May wedding dress worn by the bride. The charming affair played with peach, orange and coral hues against white and tan neutrals, creating the perfect palette for this tropical setting. Most wonderful of all, is the warmth, radiance and joy shown by the couple, their family and friends, who poured their hearts into this loving celebration.
From the bride: I never dreamt of my wedding when I was younger. I was never that girl. In fact, when my husband and I sat down to talk about what kind of wedding we’d like to have, neither of us wanted to plan it! We didn’t want to elope either, so we decided on a destination wedding, thinking it would put the focus on what mattered most, our closest friends and family.
On a whim, we had chosen the Windjammer Landing in St. Lucia as our destination. Neither my husband nor I had ever visited, and we didn’t plan to. We said, “This is where we’re going, and whatever happens happens.” You just gotta go with the flow.
Our on-site wedding planner at the Windjammer is clearly someone I was meant to meet and to keep in my life. She and the rest of the staff at the Windjammer are simply amazing people. The Mediterranean style of the resort on the Caribbean Sea was beautiful. The food and service were excellent, but, above all, the people on the island were the real treasure. They made us feel like family. They accommodated every request we made with grace and pleasure.
I owe credit to one of our other Windjammer planners for a recommendation that perhaps became the highlight of our wedding. She pushed us to book a sunset catamaran cruise for all of our guests in place of a traditional rehearsal dinner and made sure the numbers fit our budget. My husband and I flew our band whom I found playing on the streets of NYC, City of the Sun, in from New York. They played on the cruise, and that event turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was magnificent, having my Argentine grandparents aboard with Latin instrumentalists and the backdrop of a Caribbean sunset. It was better than any dream I could’ve had. It was that good. From that point on, we were all on cloud nine.
The Windjammer had upgraded us to their best estate villa. On the wedding day, we had a mountainside view of the ocean while my bridesmaids and I dressed upstairs, with my husband and groomsmen downstairs. We married on a garden terrace overlooking the sea, and then partied on the water dock, a setup that the Windjammer planning team specifically accommodated for us. The music, the people, the food; we couldn’t have had better. We’d made such a connection with everyone that the entire staff hit the dance floor by the end of the night, the cooks, bartenders, servers, everyone. We’ll never forget it.
We had exactly what we wanted, a gathering of our closest friends and family so they could share in our love. And, we were lucky enough to expand that circle with the local islanders.