By Danielle Snyder
Getting married (to the RIGHT PERSON) is not overrated! Destination wedding planning can be stressful and overwhelming, but once you get to the weekend itself and let all of the worrying about insignificant details go, it’s undeniably the best few days of your life. You’re surrounded by those you love in a place that is close to your heart and it’s pure magic.
I worked with the most extraordinary wedding planners at Michelle Rago Destinations. Michelle and Lydia are the most knowledgeable and kind planners, and both have become dear friends. I can’t express how incredible it was to work with them. So many planners say they will take you from A to Z but don’t know all the ins and outs of destination wedding planning, moreover a lot of young planners don’t know what they don’t know. Michelle and Lydia are seasoned planners and I would trust them with any milestone celebration.
I didn’t realize this in the beginning, but your choice of planner might be the most important decision you make in the run-up to your wedding. A good one will be with you every step of the way and make your special day or weekend even more incredible than you could have imagined.
My family has been vacationing on Harbour Island for years. It was the ideal place for all of my favorite people to spend a weekend together, and I always loved the aesthetic of the Ocean View Club. Ben and Charlie, the amazing couple who own Ocean View, recently opened The Other Side, a picturesque beach and property on the neighboring island of Eleuthera. The minute I saw it, I knew it’s where I wanted to get married.
I worked with Little Island Design to bring my vision to life on the Other Side, from the flowers and furniture to lighting and ambience. Alice and Ben also helped me create a life-sized mood board of our families over the years, which we mixed with meaningful quotes and lyrics.
Sara of Ink Revival did all of the calligraphy and graphics for the invitations, menu, program and welcome bags. The phrase 'Love You More' was the theme of the weekend and it featured on everything from the welcome notes to a custom bikini.
THE BRIDAL PARTY
My four-year-old niece Margaux was the flower girl. Doloris Petunia made her the most incredible custom dress and we collaborated with Poolside on her 'HERE COMES TiTi' flower girl basket. My two-year-old nephew, Liev, wore an outfit from French childrenswear brand Bonpoint. My mom and sisters-in-law wore J Mendel and custom DANNIJO. Shop the wedding edit here.
THE WELCOME BASKET
We welcomed our guests to the island with gifts in each of their hotel rooms. Embroidered baskets by A&A Treasures were filled with a DANNIJO scrunchie (check out the selection here), as well as beach essentials such as Elta MD tinted sunscreen and Image skincare sunscreen. We also included MMSKincare face masks from my dermatologist Dr Ellen Marmur's line (read the highlights from my podcast interview with her here). All the guys were gifted with a Cuba-made straw hat to protect them from the Bahamian sun.