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Turks and Caicos Destination Wedding | Amanda and Willie | Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

Shannon Arney - Thursday, October 15, 2015
Turks and Caicos Destination Wedding | Amanda and Willie | Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

Amanda and Willie did their wedding right, if you ask us. They adore traveling, and also didn't want all the hubbub and stress that a typical wedding provides. So they packed up and took a very select few close friends and flew to Turks and Caicos to have what turned out to be an intimate Caribbean destination wedding. We went along to document the entire affair, and now they have these beautiful photos to preserve their amazing memories forever.

The resort was The Windsong in Grace Bay - one of the top 25 Caribbean Resorts in the world, and we can see why. Amanda and Willie spent something like two weeks total in their penthouse suite - I am still not sure why they came back exactly? Here Amanda is taking a sneak peek out her window down onto the beach where her husband-to-be was waiting.  

bridal portraits at Windsong Resport Turks and Caicos destination wedding

Irie Dawta Events wedding ceremony set up at Windsong Resort in Grace Bay, Turks and CaicosCinnamon Sun Events' Rosalind and Lorraine, private chef and event planner at IrieDawta Events took care of every detail for Amanda and Willie, and it turned out with perfection. I know we were in the Caribbean, but neither Amanda nor Willie were one bit nervous or stressed the entire day, and we think it was in great part thanks to their event planners!

We adore Willie's smile any time, but especially here as he sees his beautiful bride walking down the aisle(can there be an aisle at a beachfront wedding? We'll go with that). It was quite a long walk across the glass-enclosed bridge at the Windsong, down past the catamarans and onto the white sandy beach where her man was waiting.   

Groom's reaction to his bride walking down the aisle Turks and Caicos destination weddingbeachfront wedding ceremony at Turks and Caicos destination wedding Windsong ResortThe ceremony was relaxed, and so touching and intimate, just like Amanda and Willie wanted. Thankfully, even the waves are usually quiet in Grace Bay, so no one had any problem hearing their vows. They were just SO happy to say "I do" as you can see. Didn't we tell you at Amanda and Willie's engagement session how much they loved each other? It was plain to see on this day as well.

wedding party throwing stones for Turks and Caicos destination weddingOne cool detail that Amanda came up with was for their wedding guests to throw an engraved stone into the ocean after their ceremony, with an intention for their life together. We absolutely love thoughtful wedding details such as this, it's a large part of what makes each wedding unique and inspiring to photograph.

wedding party throwing engraved stones into ocean after Turks and Caicos destination wedding ceremony

After the ceremony, we did our usual bride and groom photography session, but just slightly enhanced by how stunning the setting was! Turks and Caicos is so breathtaking. It still feels virtually untouched and non-touristy, which made it easy to get stunning photos without having to finagle around other guests of the resort. READ: This is something VERY important when you are choosing a location for your destination wedding. Smaller, more intimate boutique-y resorts are best. And help from an amazing event planner like Lorraine doesn't hurt either! Oh, and the rainbow sunsets? Yeah, those colors are not enhanced by us in these images. That is what the reality of nature is on this island.

bride and groom embrace on beach at Turks and Caicos destination wedding

bride and groom embrace on beach at Turks and Caicos destination wedding Windsong Resortbride and groom toasting at sunset Turks and Caicos destination wedding Windsong ResortWe somehow convinced Amanda and Willie to let us do a "Morning After" photo session, and we love these photos as much as the wedding photos! We simply took a walk down the beach at Grace Bay and captured them here and there. We love how these turned out, and again no, that blue water is NOT photo-enhanced! 

Bride and groom morning after destination wedding Turks and Caicos Grace Bay groom holding rings in pile of sand morning after destination wedding Turks and CaicosAmanda and Willie, we cannot thank you enough for including us on your amazing adventures. All the best to both of you as you experience many, many more together!     


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