Happy Friday, blog readers! To kick off your weekend, we thought we'd share a little gorgeousness from the tropical destination wedding of Keke + Chris. These two lovebirds chose Tortola (the largest island in the British Virgin Islands) as the perfect backdrop for their nuptials this past June. Enjoy this slideshow we've put together for you - and a few of our favorites highlighted below:
The view from our teeny tiny Cessna - flight from Puerto Rico to Tortola:
Welcome to Tortola - the sailing capital of the Caribbean!
Lovely Cane Garden Bay
Keke wore two wedding dresses - full length for the ceremony, and a shorter number for the reception.
This perfect little flower was made of clay! As you might suspect, there are a limited variety of flowers available on the island, so when Keke wanted a specific bloom for her hair - this is a gardenia, I believe - the safest bet was to purchase something artificial and bring it with her. This little beauty was a perfect fit and a nice keepsake to have for years to come!
Chris wrote Keke his last love letter before she would be his wife...
Moments before their first sight...
I really do enjoy the opportunity to photograph a couple interacting just after seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day. The first sight is such an intimate event - without an audience and an altar, you can really 'see' the love our soon-to-be-weds have for one another.
I've got to give another smarty pants award here - Charles and I agree that this was just so thoughtful... being from Florida, we've seen hundreds of 'sand ceremonies' - but this was the first time I had ever seen this done in private. Immediately after their first sight, they had a 'private' moment (except for us, of course!) where they spoke softly, and shared this tender act. It really got me choked up to see two people so present in their day with no pretense.
Keke was fighting back tears...
...as was her mom.
This tiny little stretch of private beach was the perfect backdrop for their sunset vows.
Signing of the marriage license
The acoustic guitars were a nice touch for the ceremony... an added bonus - they stuck around and serenaded us through some casual newlywed shots. A girl could get used to that!
The reception was held at the DELICIOUSBrandywine Bay We had the great joy of experiencing the culinary creations of Chef Davide on two separate evenings during our stay on the island; truly a treat not to be missed if you make it to Tortola!
This lovely dinner reception was all about good food, good wine, and good friends.
Their first dance as newlyweds...
And a parting shot... taken from our hotel room the morning we flew back home. (I miss it already!)