Erica and Al's Carnival Cruise Wedding
Erica and Al were wed on April 3, 2012.
Erica, username acireta, used the BDW Community to bring her destination wedding to life.
Erica gives back to the BDW Community as she kindly shares the details of her perfect day in an interview below.
Downers Grove, IL
April 3, 2012
Shoreside wedding during Carnival Liberty Eastern Caribbean cruise
Ceremony at Limetree Beach, St. Thomas, USVI;
Reception at Iggie’s Beach Bar, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, St. Thomas, USVI.
Why did you choose to have a destination wedding?
We both have huge families and have been to a lot of local weddings in the past few years, so we chose a destination wedding to keep costs down and to try something a little different from other family weddings. Having our wedding during a Caribbean cruise was the best option for us to (affordable) get to see a lot of places in a short amount of time with lots of things to see and try!
Why did you choose your location?
When we had been dating for a few months, we started joking about how someday we’d get married on St. Thomas. “St. Thomas” became a secret phrase for us that we would say when we wanted to secretly communicate with each other, often when someone would ask us about our future plans for getting married. When the time came to plan, we decided we wanted to do a cruise that stopped on St. Thomas instead of spending a week on the island.
When it came time to choose a ceremony location, we wanted a quiet private beach, and Limetree Beach fit the bill perfectly – shade, sand, privacy, affordable site fee. We wanted a very casual venue for the reception, a place where we could spend plenty of time with our guests, especially those that weren’t cruising with us. Iggie’s Beach Bar at Bolongo Bay Resort was a perfect fit for us. Guests ordered what they wanted off the menu, they set aside a whole open-air area of the restaurant for us and let us stay all day, the service was relaxed but attentive and quick, and the food was delicious!
What were your wedding colors and/or theme?
Our colors were Malibu blue, black and white. We wanted a minimalistic feel, with plenty of beach and tropical elements thrown in. We used palm trees on our monogram and stationery.
Every wedding is special in its own right. What made your wedding unique?
I did a TON of DIY stuff for our wedding – budgets, checklists, monograms, invitations, OOT bags, bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony details. I obsessed over details for 15 months, but on the wedding day, I was able to sit back, relax and just let everything happen. It was a perfect day!
Throughout the whole planning process, Al was wonderful and supportive. If there was something he felt strongly about, he spoke up. I ran everything by him all the time to make sure we were on the same page with our vision of the wedding. In the end, it truly was OUR wedding, not MY wedding, which was very important to me from the beginning.
One of the major challenges of putting together a destination wedding is finding and working with your ideal vendors from afar. What wedding vendors did you use to put together this spectacular wedding?
Wedding Coordinator – Janelle Scott of Island Bliss Weddings
Officiant – Stuart Scott
Photographer – Eric Johnson of Paradise Pictures
Ceremony Location – Limetree Beach
Lunch Reception Venue – Iggie’s Beach Bar at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
Wedding Dress – Enzoani “Fabi”
Clutch – David’s Bridal
Jewelry – Etsy seller ElegantChicJewels
Hair flower – Etsy seller EnchantedlyYours
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s shirt – Kohl’s
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s pants – Old Navy
Bridesmaids’ dresses – David’s Bridal
Ring shell – Hanson Ellis
Rings – Michael Hill Jewelers
You were an active member of BDW and created some great content. Could you please summarize (with hyperlinks) some of your best work for us?
Your Wedding was absolutely beautiful! Your posts and reviews will be extremely helpful to our new brides. Thank you for sharing your special day with us at BDW.
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