A Vibrant, Modern Beachfront Destination Wedding in Turks and Caicos
Jessica and Bobby Jae
Jessica Lee and Bobby Jae Chun left their Maryland surroundings for a destination wedding filled with sun, sand, and sea. Their July 16, 2011, nuptials in Turks and Caicos were sleek and modern with a healthy dose of tropical flair. Taking their cue from the remarkable setting, the duet peppered their dreamy Caribbean fete with some DIY touches.
The Gansevoort Turks and Caicos initially surfaced as a honeymoon option for the couple. But when some of Jessica and Bobby's friends joked about wanting to go there, too, they quickly decided to make it the wedding location instead. Friends and family, 28 in total, traveled to the island for a weekend to remember.
Jessica and Bobby sent a small box with a Turks and Caicos travel book and a personalized luggage tag (from Etsy vendor Of the Fountain) to each guest to thank them for making the trip. The box was lined with a cabana stripe pattern that was used on all of their stationery elements.
Jessica's sister, Suann Song, of Simplesong Design, created all of the paper elements.
Save the Date
A simple, thick cotton paper card featured the words "Save the Date" over and over again in a blind impression, except for one line, where it was pressed with orange ink. The date and the couple's wedding website were also printed in the same orange hue.
The 15-inch by 5-inch invitation suite introduced aqua into the color palette. A response postcard, attached to the bottom with a perforated edge, was easy for guests to tear off and mail in. The envelope was lined with their signature stripe (first seen on the prewelcome box) and featured the couple's initials and wedding date.
An information booklet accompanied the invite.
The Welcome Tote
Tote bags printed with the couple's initials and wedding date were filled with water bottles, sunscreen, Advil, Evian spray, snacks, a welcome booklet, a map, a guide to fellow guests, and the weekend's schedule of events.
Jessica carried a bouquet of blooming peonies.
Paper fans from BHLDN were offered to guests.
The ceremony decor was kept clean and simple to play up the natural beauty of the surroundings. Jessica and Bobby Jae let the water serve as the picturesque backdrop and used the Gansevoort's walkway to the beach as an aisle.
Officiant Sherlock Padmore spoke about the significance of the couple's wedding bands, which came from Princess Jewelers.
Jessica and Bobby Jae wanted their guests to not only witness the ceremony but be active participants. They asked each one to share a piece of advice after the vows and rings were exchanged. The words of wisdom ranged from the traditional ("Never go to sleep angry") to the surprising ("In the words of the classic film 'White Men Can't Jump,' 'Listen to the woman'").
The newlyweds walked back up the aisle.
Guests enjoyed the dreamy weather of the outdoor ceremony -- an ideal 87 degrees with a light breeze.
The couple pose with Bobby Jae's mother, Kyung Ae.
Jessica and Bobby Jae, surrounded by their siblings.
Heidi Geldhauser of Our Labor of Love photographed the couple around the hotel property and on the beach of Grace Bay.
A private garden area, strewn with bistro lights, was the setting for the cocktail hour and dancing later on.
A collection of photos of the bride and groom with each of their guests was sprinkled among garlands from BHLDN for a trip down memory lane before dinner.
A striped menu outlined the three-course meal: house salad; blackened mahimahi with peas and rice, mango sauce, and spinach, or steak bearnaise with string beans and potato puree; and profiteroles with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Wedding cake was served too.
The hotel's restaurant, Bagatelle Bistrot, prepared the night's cuisine.
The sunset over the water was a view to remember.
The reception's large table was anchored by a narrow orange runner, glowing tea light candles, and beautiful peonies.
Fresh Provo, a local bakery, prepared a trio of cakes. Two of them were chocolate with buttercream frosting. The third was carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. "We happily ate chocolate cake for days afterward," Jessica recalls.