Francesca & Dylan- Destination wedding photography Antigua
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Where did you meet and how long have you been together?
We started out as friends when we first met at sixth form in school. We have been together for over 10 years!
Tell us a little bit about your day-how you felt and what made it special for you?
Our wedding day, 27th of February is a day that will always take us back to the Caribbean which now holds a special memory for us. Our day was intimate, surrounded by our immediate family. I remember there being a lot of laughter and happiness. Our whole day was spent outdoors and we loved being in the warm climate! It is with huge thanks to Justin our photographer who travelled all the way to Antigua to be with us. He did a really fantastic job and captured our day as I had imagined. Justin has provided us with a lifetime of happy memories to look back on.
Where did you get married and why did you choose the venue? Feel free to describe the venue and décor too. (If the ceremony was in a different place to reception you can talk about that too)
We both have a love for travel and over the years together we have visited many places around the world. Although the Caribbean was a place we had never been to – we instinctively felt that it was the idyllic place for us to to say ‘I do!’ after finding the most beautiful luxury resort that lapped against the Caribbean sea on the northwest corner of Antigua – the award winning Blue Waters.
Who was your venue decorator? You can also describe the décor and why your chose the theme & colours etc.
At Blue Waters, Mandy the wedding coordinator out there did a brilliant job for us. She sorted the arrangements for the decoration of our wedding Gazebo. The swaying palm trees and the overlooking sea gave us our backdrop! To reflect the scenery, our flower arrangements were clean and neutral – greenery and an array of white/ivory flowers, including roses. For our evening reception we had private use of Carolyn’s Bar which directly overlooked the sea from the terrace top. The views and scenery were the décor in itself! The flowers from our ceremony were used to decorate the table for the evening.
For our wedding party back home, we loved the grand and elegant feel at Morgans. We wanted to compliment it’s classic features and chose to surround it with our own shop bought churhc candles, lots of large clear confetti filled balloons and an array of flowers that were arranged by our florist.
Who supplied the suits and was there any special details or colours?
Dylan’s suit from the Marcy Darcy collection and was tailored by The Practical Taylor in Neath. – a classic cream cheque thee piece tweed suit.
Who was your dress designer and who/or supplier?
Who was your make up artist?
I chose to do my own make up on my wedding day out in Antigua.
For my wedding party at Morgans, Jodie Amner Evans was my make up artist – she was brilliant and so friendly and did exactly what I asked for!
Who was your hair stylist
The lovely Celeste, the designated bridal hair stylist at Blue Waters at the resorts salon and spa styled my hair on my wedding day. Celeste was with me for most of my day whilst getting ready and had a really calming aura which really helped steady my nerves!
Jody also styled my hair at Morgans and created a similar type of style to my wedding day – it was a bit looser which I could get away with without there being much wind!
What cars/transport did you have?
Blue Waters provided a fully decorated wedding styled golf buggy for me and my parents as part of our wedding package.
Who made your cake? Again please describe any special features
Mandy organised the arrangements for our wedding cake with the catering team at Blue Waters and they made a wonderfully timeless textured buttercream cake decorated with fresh flowers.
Back Home, Strawbridge’s Celebration Cakes supplied our small top tier cake along with shimmery ivory rose cupcakes for all our evening guests – they were delicious and went down a treat!
Who was your florist?
At Blue Waters our flowers were supplied by the resorts florists and everything was arranged for us. There was a lot of greenery that surrounded us naturally in the resort which was beautiful – we added a little more greenery and some ivory and white roses. We kept it classic and clean!
At Morgans our flowers were arranged and displayed by award winning Francis Florist who set up such a brilliant display! The flowers were quite a key element at our wedding party and they really set the mood in the room. We continued with our colour theme from Antigua but injected subtle, soft pinks, peaches and lilacs which really gave a cosy, inviting feel. Lots of eucalyptus draped the tables which left a beautiful scent in the room.
Who was your stationary supplier?
For our wedding day we didn’t require a stationary supplier. We had a small number of guests and all of them were our immediate family. Bullart Graphics supplied our wedding party invitations for Morgans. In my chosen design I used a pear shaped embellishment to match the detail of my engagement ring.
Who was your jewellery designer? Please describe any special features
Dylan bought my engagement ring from Hatton Garden. I loved the shape and design of it so much that I wanted to try to implement its features on my wedding ring. I was so happy with the final design that was created by Diamond Centre Wales and both my rings really complement each other!
What brand were your shoes & what did you love about them?
My shoes were from the Jenny Packham collection. I loved the clustered pear like embellishments at the front of them. They were also so comfy – I partied the night away in them on both occasions!
Was there anything else that made your day truly special?
We spent the week at Blue Waters resort for our wedding and our stay felt really personalised. Various events were organised for myself and Dylan by Mandy to the build up of our wedding day which was a really nice touch. All the staff were easy going, friendly, and nothing was too much trouble.
For our Photographer Justin to travel all the way from Swansea to be with us our special day meant the world and we cannot thank him enough for the memories! He was with us all day and was really professional throughout. We have been delighted with the wedding album he has created for us, which also transitions from Antigua to our wedding party back home. Both events were worlds apart but have flowed really well in the album.
Georgina the events manager at Morgans was very helpful and ensured that our evening party was set up just as we had discussed. She set time aside for us when we needed to call to the venue for various measurements etc – nothing was too much trouble! She also recommended our DJ – JD Entertainments who provided excellent entertainment.
Was there anything else Justin Harris photography could have done better of differently?
Justin did a fantastic job for us and he captured lots of natural moments of laughter and happiness which was really important to us. He has an artistic eye for detail and this really shows in his work. Justin’s easy going, relaxed approach really makes you feel at ease – I would definitely recommend Justin as a photographer!