Real Wedding – Magical Memories In Montego Bay

16/10/2013 | 9

You Mean The World To Me

Rachel & Aaron   ♥   Montego Bay, Jamaica

Photographer:   Closer To Love Photography

You Mean The World To Me

Today’s real wedding is downright delightful and captured to perfection (as always) by the talented Closer To Love Photography team.

 

The venue for today’s celebration is a former pineapple plantation, housing the ever-renowned Round Hill Hotel and Villa’s – a boutique luxury cottage complex in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Originally opening its doors in 1953, Round Hill has been visited by a glittering gallery of guests ever since, including Ralph Lauren (a shareholder at Round Hill) and many more American and European famous faces – we’ll let Rachel tell you more.

 

With this spectacular setting as their backdrop, the dashing groom Aaron and oh-so-stunning bride Rachel delivered their guests with an intimate and elegant day to remember.

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Closer To Love Photography:

“These two are just… INCREDIBLE. We first ‘met’ Rachel and Aaron over a consultation meeting on Skype many, many months before their wedding day, and we instantly fell in love with their personalities. Throughout the entire process of Skyping, and countless emails back and forth, they have been encouraging, gracious, and so kind through it all! They flew us out to Jamaica to document the biggest day of their lives and we are forever grateful to them for such a remarkable opportunity! This trip became a family affair – we had such a blast and a huge part of that is because of Rachel and Aaron’s generosity of taking us to such an exotic place in the world and allowing us the opportunity bring our little toddler along for the adventure!”

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Rachel says:

“We were the couple that never thought we would be wed – that progressive couple that thought we didn’t need marriage to define our relationship. But something happened to us ten years later, our hearts changed and we were open to the idea. Aaron popped the question and I had butterflies. It couldn’t have been more perfect of timing.”

 

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“Needless to say, I’ve never dreamt once before of what my wedding could be and had no expectations other than for it to be intimate and relaxed. And since we’re not the traditional couple, we certainly did not want a traditional ceremony. All of these things led to an easy decision, destination wedding.”

 

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“We fell in love with Montego Bay right away, but trying to find the perfect resort was tricky. With much research, it led us to the most incredible place on Earth (according to us), the Round Hill Hotel and Villas. This former pineapple plantation captured everything we wanted: complete sophistication but with an effortless atmosphere. Grand enough to house the likes of Grace Kelly and the Kennedy’s but small enough that the entire Round Hill staff knew my guests by name.”

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“Transferring and planning for 40 people was certainly a tall task – someone described it on the trip as to ‘herding kittens’. However, we were up for the challenge and made it work. We were incredibly fortunate in assembling the best team that made everything incredibly easy for us – from our coordinator, Raquel, to our lovely photographers to the local artist that we used to letterpress our invitations and menus.”

 

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“Everyone went above and beyond and made the planning process equally as enjoyable as the execution was. Each detail was valued as a memory and was tailored to giving our guests the ultimate experience. It was important for our friends and family to feel the gratitude that Aaron and I had for them – that they had traveled so far to witness us say ‘I do’ and that they had patiently waited all these years for our big day to come.”

 

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“Every day was planned with an event. A chartered sailboat served as our welcome party, where we snorkeled in a nearby lagoon and toured the bay until sunset.  The following day, Aaron proudly organized beach games on the shore, which involved tossing mangos into rings and relay races on paddleboats.  Later that night, we kicked off our shoes and dined directly on the beach in the sand for our rehearsal dinner. We enjoyed a Jamaican barbeque feast and celebrated with folklore dancers, fire breathing artists and the now-infamous limbo. News traveled quickly, and I was greeted as ‘Limbo Queen’ from there on out.”

 

Take a look at Rachel and Aaron’s welcome party events.

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Ceremony music:

  • Pre-ceremony: Bob Marley – Is This Love
  • Entrance of the bride: Acoustic guitar – What A Wonderful World

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“Our ceremony was held on a shallow cliff overlooking the bay and the cocktail party in a large hut next to the infinity pool. Candles illuminated the path for our guests, which lead them to our sunset reception at the Hanover terrace. Paper lanterns adorned the large tree that pierced through the balcony and shaded our guests below. Candles glistened throughout…”

 

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“That night was perfect and will forever have our hearts. Every second was divine. It was so peaceful and calm…but perhaps, I was a bit too relaxed because I forgot a handful of things to do including putting on my garter! My sister ran back to our villa during the reception to grab it and Sammy our photographer chuckled: ‘This is a first’. But that was the magic of it – everyt’ing is gonna be alright.”

 

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First dance:

Father daughter dance:

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Dance floor classics:

  • “Reggae (Bob Marley); Old School R&B (Otis Redding); New R&B (John Legend); Pop (Rihanna and Justin Timberlake).”

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What were your highlights and your favourite memories from the day?

  • “I have too many because being a destination wedding, we were one of the fortunate ones, to have spent more than one day with our guests. Snorkelling at the sunset cruise the first day and the flame blowers at the rehearsal dinners were probably my favourite parts, aside from the ceremony. The most memorable part to the reception was the father/daughter dance. I have emotions of steel, and I don’t cry often if at all. I didn’t even loose it when we exchanged our vows. But for some reason it all culminated into that one moment when my father and I danced, and I sort of it lost it.”

 

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Do you have any advice for brides-to-be?

  • “Take a deep breath and just relax, because it will all come together. Your guests and wedding party will follow your lead and will feel your mood. So if you relax and have fun, they will too.”

 

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Do you have any advice for couples who are looking to get married in Jamaica?

  • “Since the venue is not readily available for you to make your selections, everything will be a surprise. Not everything will be as you imagine, so you will have to go in to your wedding with a laid-back attitude. Research, research, research all your vendors (visit our ‘Real Bride Review’ section for worldwide reviews on destination wedding venues and suppliers) before selecting to make sure everything will be at the highest quality – knowing you’re in good hands will take the load off!”

 

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Would you do anything differently?

  • “I would have extended my trip a little bit longer. We left the resort two days after the ceremony. I think you really need the full week after to recuperate after the main event.”

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Do you have any wedding budget tips?

  • “I think the key is to simplify. You can get the big idea with small, consistent details. For example, when working with the florist, I described my vision with all the bells and whistles. Once receiving an estimate, I was able to equate cost to that original vision. From there, I could simplify and reduce the arrangements and decor to get the same effect while keeping my budget in mind.”
  • “DIYs are also a great, personal touch!”

 

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Venue and suppliers:

 

Isn’t this what dreamy destination ‘I do’s’ are all about? We have enjoyed every magical Montego Bay moment of today’s Real Wedding and we hope you did too! We’d love to read your comments.

 

 

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