When Steve planned his proposal to his girlfriend, Kelly, he wanted it to be a surprise. Instead of choosing an obvious day such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day or even Kelly’s birthday, he decided to pop the question on his birthday. “He didn’t really fool me,” laughs Kelly, 27, who works at a non-profit in Palm Beach, Florida. Not long after the couple became engaged, the two decided on a small destination wedding. Steve, a financial adviser for UBS in Palm Beach, had previously attended a wedding on St. Kitts and had taken a catamaran to Four Seasons Resort Nevis. “Once I saw the Resort, I was sold,” says Kelly. “It’s beautiful and quaint, and I knew the service would be first-class. It epitomised what we had envisioned for the wedding.”
Ocean-inspired Blues … White Parasols … Mount Nevis Views
The Scene: For their intimate, 29-guest wedding, the couple chose a palette of ocean-inspired blues coupled with silver mercury glass accents and natural linens and textures. More modern elements, such as navy-and-white-striped table linens for the beachside welcome dinner and pale blue-and-white-chevron cards accompanying white-chocolate-covered Oreo cookies for each guest at turndown, added sophistication. After a ceremony with a view of Mount Nevis, guests headed to the Resort’s spa, which was transformed into an elegant backdrop for the reception. Following passed hors d’oeuvres, guests noshed on pan-seared snapper and lamb chops before dancing to the sounds of a DJ until midnight.
The Bride & Groom: It was a classic love story: An intern develops a crush on her co-worker. The co-worker crushes back. They go on a date. They fall in love. Classic—except maybe for that date. “With a little convincing, I got Steve to go skydiving on our first date,” laughs Kelly. “I joke that I made him jump out of a plane before he got a kiss!”
The Bride Wore: After trying on gowns that boasted the lighter material and more casual lines often worn at destination weddings, Kelly knew they weren’t for her. “They didn’t feel special enough,” she says. In the end, Kelly chose an A-line wedding gown with layered organza by Mikaella. “It just felt right,” she recalls. “It was pretty simple, but it had something unique about it with the various layers.” Swarovski crystals adorned the Pedro García sandals Kelly wore with her gown.
The Honeymoon: Following the three-day affair, guests took off for home while the newlyweds stayed behind for a seven-day honeymoon. On the first night after the wedding, Four Seasons staff surprised the couple with a private five-course dinner at the site of the wedding reception. “The whole place is just amazing. The friendliness of everyone—they made us feel like celebrities,” says Steve. “They take such good care of you—they know your name, they say hello. The service is amazing.”
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