The Turks & Caicos Wedding of Carissa & James {03.31.12}


We are reliving our time in Turks & Caicos through these wonderfully vibrant photos from Brilliant by Tropical Imaging!  Ileana and her team at Brilliant are amazingly talented.  There are too many wonderful photos to share with you — so we’ve tried to narrow them down to the selection below.

Our time on the island was unforgettable.  Carissa & James have been wonderful to work with, and their wedding was the most spectacular way to officially kick off our  2012 wedding season.  To the bride & groom:

“Thank you Carissa & James!   You are both truly wonderful people, who together are a beautiful couple.
We were so thrilled to be able to play a part in your special day.  All the very best to you both!”  – 

 ——————–To everyone else, enjoy these wonderful images——————-

Welcome bags for all the guests at their respective hotels, included local Turks beer, a bottle opener, local Turks water, sunscreen, chapstick, and an itinerary for the weekend’s events:

Crisp, sunny bright days — every day during our time in Turks.  But the wedding day, was extraordinarily divine:



The dress: Pnina Tornai {she personally dressed the bride on the day she found the dress!}


Lovely shoes {I have no idea how Carissa was jammin’ in those shoes — you’ll see her moves further down}


They had a large bridal party, which was a blast.  The guys and the ladies were all super cool, and laid back.  

 Ok… so by now it is evident that the bride is super photogenic.  Well — she’s also a dancer. {amazing shots to follow}.




Everyone was in such great spirits.  Super supportive bridal party {A+}

Before the magic.


Ceremony begins…

 Rev. Padmore get’s a two thumbs up!  Not only funny, but professional, and just great at what he does!



Correy Fobes…. what can I say?  Music was perfect — just perfect.  His team played live during the ceremony and cocktail hour, and then DJ’d the reception.  


Here comes the bride!

I always love the look on the groom’s face.  


Proud papa with his daughter!  Carissa’s dad was awesome!  I love meeting the parentals, after knowing the couple during the wedding planning journey.

I had a sneak peak of their vows.  And yes… it was a tear jerker.



Husband and Wife!


Awww…. the beach.





This is a real sunset.


While all these wonderful sunset shots were taking place, we were over in the reception area getting everything…
just perfect.

The *message in a bottle* escort cards:




The details —

{all of the table names were places Carissa & James have traveled to}


 Environmental Arts are amazing florists in Turks & Caicos.  We met with them 2 days before, and had a mini design charrette with them, us and Carissa & James — they listened carefully, and came up with this creative centerpiece design.  It was perfect:


Custom menus


Cocktail Hour


Signature cocktail, is a blend of the couple’s names:

Over to the reception area…

First Dance



The cake.

The surprise “grooms cake” !  Carissa had this cake designed especially for James, so imagine his surprise when it came out right after they cut their cake:



Then viola!  Timed to perfection to Katy Perry’s “Firework” — the lights in the sky, surprised Carissa.
It. Was. Perfect.


And to top the night off… cigars.  Fresh.


Main Wedding ingredients:
Photography & Video:  Brilliant by Tropical Imaging
Music: Correy Forbes
On site coorindator: Shameka Simmons
Florist: Environmental Arts
Wedding Planning, design & stationery: Erganic Design
Location: Beautiful Turks & Caicos

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