When life gives you lemons - make margaritas!!

As the American writer Richard Bach said, “A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are.” 

Brenda and I met Kristy and Patrick at Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda soon after their engagement. Little Dix Bay Resort has special meaning to Patrick as his Mom is the founder of Rosewood Hotels and it seemed like the perfect venue to host their wedding celebration. 

When we received word in late January that Little Dix Resort would be closing on May 1st for an 18 month renovation, it certainly threw a wrench into our existing arrangements.  We now had to relocate 80 guests accommodations, locate new venues for a welcome party, beach day, rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception for a wedding 5 months away.

We met again in early February to regroup and tour potential venue  sites.  Plan B started to evolve even better than Plan A.  We were able to secure guest rooms at The Bitter End Yacht Club, Saba Rock Resort, Leverick Bay Resort and Oil Nut Bay.  Our biggest challenge as planners ~ all of  the event locations and resorts that the guests were staying at are accessible only by boat.  Our goal was to help the guests find suitable accommodations, assist with travel details and ensure that they could get to and from each event easily and throw a great party!  Thankfully we had a team of outstanding professionals who helped it all come together.

The welcome party, held at the Bitter End Yacht Club was a great start to the 3 days of events.  Painkillers and a Caribbean BBQ were the perfect combination to welcome their loved ones. We chose shibori fabric with rustic style decor and floral arrangements that gave a regatta feel to the party.  The All Stars Steel Pan Orchestra played lots of reggae and calypso tunes to add to the ambiance.

A relaxed beach party was held at Oil Nut Bay for a day of sunshine, paddle boards and great friends. The beach at Oil Nut Bay is expansive with breath taking colors of Caribbean Sea.  

As Patrick owns an exotic game ranch in Tx , a Caribbean Ranch style BBQ was in order. and Moskito Island was the perfect choice for their rehearsal dinner.   Guests arrived at Sr Richard Branson's private island  greeted with refreshing margaritas.  Kristy brought antlers from the ranch which Jessica from Roses too incorporated into the floral design.  Table top Illustrations, seating charts and decorations created by Momental Designs were inspired by  animals at Patrick's ranch.   The guests were treated to gluten free pizza, bbq ribs, homemade apple pie while listening to the sexy sultry sound of  2nd Degree, featuring Ouida Nisbett.  A fire dancer performed pool side as the sun set with the Caribbean Sea as a backdrop.

The wedding ceremony was held on the beach at Oil Nut Bay.  Kristy's vision was to keep the natural beauty of the island and add organic touches.  The 200 ft. long aisle was created with rose quartz, peony and drift wood from St Thomas, St John and Virgin Gorda.  A handcrafted driftwood arbor completed the ceremony set up.  Strictly Confidential trio provided ceremony music and vocals.  A flute solo of Canon in D accompanied Kristy as she walked down the aisle.  Bishop Ricketts from the Scantuary of Hope's ceremony was uplifting and warm.

After the ceremony the guests moved poolside to enjoy a Caribbean lobster feast by Executive Chef Lennie Souce from Oil Nut Bay.

The party continued dancing under the stars to the Tony Scaraci Band from Ca.  Kristy and Patrick had heard the band at a friend’s wedding and were delighted to learn they were available for their wedding date.

Toward the end of the evening 4 Mocko Jumbies joined the crowd and lead a conga line down to the beach lounge setting.

Cordial and desserts were served as the fireworks finale brought the festivity to an end. Kristy and Patrick waved goodbye to their guest as the 100 ft honeymoon yacht waited their arrival. It was a lovely gathering of friends and family, all who were thrilled to share in the happiness of the new family.  We were delighted have been a part of it.