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Allison and Charles :: St. Simons Lighthouse Wedding Planner

St. Simons Lighthouse Heritage Center Wedding

 Fourth of July always has a sentimental meaning for me.  It’s the day I had my first date with my husband and it was my original due date for my daughter.  This year, it has a new meaning, as I had the opportunity to spend and share it with Allison and Chuck, who were married on St. Simons Island.  This wedding was so much fun, and even though the growing crowds on the island had the entire vendor team on pins and needles, the wedding went off flawlessly!  Having worked with Allison and her mom all those months was such a joy.  When I finally saw Allison moments before she walked down the aisle, we both broke into the tears and hugged repeatedly.  I still laugh when I think about it; I hear her mother say “Alright, girls. Cut it out”.

St Simons Lighthouse Wedding

To celebrate Chuck’s Scottish heritage, Allison surprised him by having the fabulous bagpiper Jim Sloan perform for the ceremony.  The adorable ringbearer was a doll—he followed (very seriously, I might add) behind the flower girl and tiptoed around her dropped petals, stating he “didn’t want to step on her pretty flowers”…

St. Simons wedding in gazebo at St. Simons LIghthouse

 Allison’s mother was fabulous—she was so creative by making the centerpieces and so many other elements of the wedding.  They coordinated perfectly with the silk and lamour linens in the beach inspired colors of sand, french blue and ivory.  The elevated sweetheart table was draped in both taupe silk and caviar pearl beaded chiffon, which complemented the floating candle and starfish centerpieces.  The casual beach vibe strewn with gerbera daisies and roses was pulled together with the ladies and gents in their wedding attire and flip flops and starfish and sand in the decor—all beside an oceanside setting.  There were so many sweet details:  female guests received beach cookie cutters, while the gentleman received custom golf balls. All guests were treated to guest baskets with items inspired or about St. Simons Island.

Beach inspired shell centerpieces

St Simons Lighthouse Wedding

One thing I loved about the wedding is the laughter.  There were so many great people, reunions and fun moments at the wedding.  Allison and Chuck had a “Second First Dance” song:  Adam Sandler’s “Grow Old With You” (hence the huge laugh on Allison’s face above).  The boots in the earlier picture were from Allison’s dance with her dad—they started out to “Isn’t She Lovely”, which then turned into a rousing rendition of “Cotton Eyed Joe”!

heritage center st simons wedding

I had  such a great time helping to bring together Allison and Chuck’s event vision and working with Allison and her mom.  Now I have another reason to love July 4th.


Special thanks to Spencer and Anna Clark for the photos.

Tips for Planning a Caribbean Destination Wedding from Porto Cupecoy


St. Maarten’s gorgeous Porto Cupecoy has shaped up to be one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean with its Mediterranean-inspired village, the camaraderie of a private white-glove marina, and  what they describe as “Cosmopolitan Living”.  Be sure to check out the gorgeous video of the Porto Cupecoy property.  They were kind enough share their tips for planning a Caribbean destination wedding with our readers:


A beach wedding in a tropical country is the stuff dreams are made of. A Caribbean destination wedding can be magical and exciting – and a great way to "get away from the everyday". While planning a wedding outside of your hometown does have its complications, there’s no reason to have a wedding disaster in paradise – if you follow a few tips.

Make it Legal
.  Make sure you are aware of the wedding requirements of the destination (they vary from place to place) and you want to make sure your wedding will be legally recognized  (e.g. requirements for the Caribbean Island of St. Martin/Saint Maarten

Tropical or Bust?  Consider what the weather will be like that time of year.  An off-season wedding might be cheaper – but might not be as tropical as you might be hoping for.

Plan Ahead.  Destination Weddings may sound impulsive – but they require a great deal of planning.  Many recommend booking flights and resorts up to 10 months in advance.

Hire Help.  You probably have enough to think about without trying to research every aspect of your wedding – especially in another country and timezone. While you might like the control of planning everything yourself, hiring an on-site wedding planner who has local connections – or getting someone with experience planning in your intended destination – may be just the stress-reliever you need.

Be wardrobe aware.  High heels aren’t great in the sand and many standard wedding outfits will make you – and your wedding party – swelter in the heat.  Think light. (Or to borrow the Cover Girl motto, think: "Easy, Breezy, Beautiful")

Be clear about your budget – and that of others.  Some sites have calculators so you can plan effectively.  Remember that some of your guests won’t be able to afford to go to your destination, so make sure that the people you most want to attend can afford to go – or budget to cover their costs.

Choose the perfect place.  Porto Cupecoy ( is the perfect tropical location for a 2010 wedding. Porto Cupecoy is a luxury residence on the island paradise of St. Martin. While it’s primarily a residence, it will also be an ideal location for special events, like weddings, when construction is complete later this fall.  The Porto Cupecoy Marina Village is located on Simpson Bay Lagoon in St. Martin, one of the most beautiful locations in the Caribbean and the perfect backdrop for any wedding. 

Gorgeous Bridal Hair Clips for Your Wedding

I just love the variety of hair ornaments that have made it to the scene recently.  Before, wedding barrettes were overdone and overstated.  Now, they can be so simple and really appeal to so many other brides and work with various hairstyles and lengths. Your barrette can add a subtle or shocking of touch of color, enhance or play down a dramatic makeup look.  It can also tie in a theme—a vintage, beach or modern design.



White pearl and crystal vintage bridal hair clip by Model Bride

Vintage Charm by Model Bride


Art Deco silver vintage with tiffany blue stones hair clip barrette by linda Levinson

Dark Silver Deco Floral Barrette by Linda Levinson


Beach like black lucite with crystal starfish hair clip by Plasticland

Black Lucite & Crystal Starfish Hair Clip by PLASTICLAND


Pink and white flower hair clip with yellow red and orange crystals by Michelle Roy

Multicolored Large Flower Clip by Michelle Roy


Antropologie Bridal Hair Clip

Hair Clip by Antrhopologie


Gardenia Bridal hair clip by Late Bloomer Boutique

Pale Champagne Double Gardenia Hair Clip by Late Bloomer Boutique



Bridal Feather Hair Barrette by Lori London

Feather Barrette by Lori London


White mermaid rose handmade silk flower bridal hair clip by floreti

White Mermaid Rose Handmade Silk Flower Bridal Hair Clip Wedding Veil Accessory by Floreti


Sultry Style by Model Bride


Hailey -Anthony David hair clip with Swarovski crystals

Anthony David® Hair Clip Barrett with Swarovski Crystal – Hailey




Gold stephanotis hair clips by Miss Selfridge

Gold Stephanotis by Miss Selfridge


Gold butterfly hair clips by Juicy Couture 

Butterfly Clips by Juicy Couture


Which hairclip or headpiece did you decide on for your day?

Rehearsal Dinner Couture: Bollywood Bonfire

RDC: Bollywood Bonfire
RDC: Bollywood Bonfire – by fabuluxe on

I am lucky enough to be in an area where our brides can have a choice of having their rehearsal dinner on either one of the islands.  Being able to capitalize on the sun kissing you good night on the night before your wedding is so romantic and a great way to get into the destination wedding spirit.  I loved the dramatic prints of this maxi dress, and when paired with the gold belt, it ultimately kicked it up a notch.  After all, we’re a chic, but cultural casual look.  I felt like the flowing nature of the fabric was quite fitting for the beach, while the interwoven design of both the cuff and earrings lent themselves to add more drama to the overall look.  Pulling your hair back like J.Lo is practical and sexy—the beach winds will blow your hair to shreds, but the style also allows your face to garner more attention.  Cue the gorgeous dangle earrings and a smoldering makeup palette and you’re fabulous.  One of my favorite things to purchase for vacation whenever Captain America and I travel are barefoot sandals, as seen above.  Heels will be pointless at the beach.  You could opt for really cute sandals, but more likely than not, they will be kicked off within the hour.  Barefoot sandals showcase your perfect pedicure, but also look great with a pair of flip flops.*** Don’t forget to add your favorite pashmina for when the evening begins to cool!***




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Strapless floral maxi dress



Isharya Moon Bali filigree cuff



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