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For many years the Cayman Islands have been known to be an ideal location for a destination wedding.  The airlift is pretty substantial, the local language is English, the documentation process is painless, and you can be on a picture-perfect beach just minutes from landing.  The Coral Stone Club, and it’s extraordinarily spacious piece of Seven Mile Beach is no exception.  Brides have been coming here for years to create their own authentic exchange of wedding vows, seeking the most unique Caribbean beach wedding.

With “engagement season” coming to a close this week – Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day – we thought now would be a good time to share a little bit about the weddings we’ve hosted recently.  So if you are planning a “wow” wedding to celebrate your vows, perhaps you might want to think about a destination beach wedding on Seven Mile Beach.  According to Caribbean Wedding, an online magazine, the Cayman Islands are one of only 3 Caribbean destinations that do not require a residency (minimal amount of time on-island before the ceremony), a blood test, or any other documentation besides a marriage license fee.  As such, here is how Lindsey & Eric and Megan & Noah celebrated their big day on Grand Cayman.

Lindsey & Eric

Lindsey with her two sons

 

 

Lindsey and Eric with family & friends

The bride and groom planned a stunning event with the aid of Meg Peterson of Octopus events.  With 19 guests of friends and family, Lindsey and Eric married on the sugary white sand beach in front of their unit and incorporated their grown children into the ceremony.   The clever use of calla lilies, which came from the brides’ bouquet but was utilized to plant a garden with both sides of the family uniting, symbolized two families coming together as one.  The rehearsal dinner was on a 60’ catamaran sailing around North Sound, and following the beach nuptials the group moved the party to the Cracked Conch for cocktails with dinner at Macabuca.  Notes Lindsey, “We chose Coral Stone for our wedding not only for the amazingly beautiful and intimate setting, but also Coral Stone’s willingness to accommodate the small details that made the day especially ours!”

 

 

Megan & Noah

Steel drums at Megan's Wedding

“All the staff at the Coral Stone Club were very accommodating over the weeks and months leading up to our wedding,” says Megan.  “Valerie and Corina went out of their way to make sure that everything went off without a hitch.  Our guests loved staying at the Coral Stone Club and we cannot wait to return for our first anniversary.”

Megan, an attorney and Noah an IT executive, started off the festivities for 40 close family and friends with a rehearsal dinner at Hammerheads that included a tour of the on premises Seven Fathoms rum distillery, mahi mahi burgers, conch fritters and rum runners – a most perfect relaxed outdoor setting on the water for newly arrived guests to meet and get the party going.  The next day, their beach wedding shifted into a more elegant affair, with a bamboo canopy and steel drum player set up on the beach.  Colors of ivory, ocean blue and chocolate brown accented the flowers and glass blown starfish given as gifts for the ladies and cigars for the men.  Cocktails and canapes around the pool deck, catered by Mise in Place, were offered for the couple’s first dance at sunset, followed by a dinner and cake cutting at the Ritz Carlton.  But the party didn’t end there … upon return to Coral Stone Club, the group enjoyed a cozy fire pit with lounge seating, tiki torches, and a bar serving cocktails.

 

Megan & Noah vow

So, for a simple elegant beach wedding on a tropical Caribbean island, one that distinctively reflects the desires of the bride and groom and does not come from a prepared binder of options, consider working with any of the companies noted here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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