Kelley & Andrew’s Sweet and Summery “Jamaican Pop” Wedding
Hello, Friday! Are you feeling the weekend yet? Well after you see today’s feature, I’m very sure you will. Event designer Kelley Kennedy with Teacup Floral — whom you might remember is the brains and talent behind that awesome Candy Crush saga-inspired bridal shower shoot I posted in November — has shared photos of her beach wedding with me and, what can I say, it was really poptastic!
The couple chose a destination wedding in Negril, Jamaica in the same boutique hotel (Seasplash) they stayed in a few years prior on vacation. Their wedding was in 2010 which was before Pinterest exploded all over the internet. Kelley says, ” most of the inspiration came from Googling tropical floral designs and simply experimenting with the DIY components. I made my own collages- I sent photos, designs, and suggestions of what I wanted to the coordinator at Seasplash, then hoped for the best! They totally blew me away — I was already designing and dictating to factories for accessories, so I just treated my vendors the same way- every specific, detailed info & it worked!”
The inspiration for their ceremony decor? A “vintage shipwreck” complete with fishnets and seashells. The maid-of-honor was dressed like a sailor girl. Their escort cards had photos of the names of their guests which they individually finger-painted on sand. Their reception, meanwhile, was a colorful tropical paradise. From Kelley’s pink wedding dress and self-designed seashell accessories to the fresh coconuts (instead of wine) that were used for toasts, she and Andrew sure had a celebration that was uniquely theirs.
Photography was the most important part of their budget so they went with Misha Earle who came up with the following gorgeous photos. Enjoy!
From this point on I will let the lovely bride tell you all about their wedding:
The ceremony decor was inspired by my wedding gown (a recreation of a champagne vintage ball gown I found on Etsy). It had all frayed edges and ruffles which gave the look of a vintage shipwreck – we kept this look going with shell garland tied with torn pieces of chiffon in champagne and white, with the same material on straw fans with shells on each seat. Instead of tons of flowers, we opted for a simple white cloth for the arch and use the perfect sunset into the ocean as the real decor.
Such a happy bunch! It being a destination wedding, Kelley and Andrew took pains in providing a worry-free environment for their guests:
We created a wedding website (not one of those free ones certain wedding sites provide) complete with Bob Marley music, flight information, several hotels at different budgets all local to the wedding location, and activity information to turn it into a memorable vacation for all who joined us.
Welcome gifts were canvas sling backpacks which had our palm tree logo and included fresh baked muffins, emergency kit (advil, matches, sewing kit, bobby pins) a loofa, bottles of water, tea bags, soaps, programs of event times with all sorts of activities and place to visit.. Everyone was able to use the backpacks right away for horseback riding, hiking and walks on the 7 mile beach.
I changed into a shorter dance dress from Betsey Johnson along with her 35th anniversary limited edition shoes.
The reception decor was much more tropical and colorful. The centerpieces we small modern tropical arrangements which I originally wanted to be in coconuts, but they were afraid they would topple, so we instead had coconuts with straws for every guest to use for the toasts- worked out great, it helped prevent hangovers the next day.
The invitations were messages in a bottle (as shown in a shadow box my ‘sailor girl’ maid of honor created). I designed a palm tree logo which subliminally contained our names, wedding date and location in the leaves which was used in various ways throughout the wedding. We went down to Coney Island Beach to write every guests’ name in the sand to use as their escort cards – we also did our ‘save the date’ this way. We used our family pets as table numbers (we figured everyone was away from their pets and missing them).
We had a raggae/steel drum band play, a buffet of all different jamaican foods, chocolate chip cookies and build your own sundaes for dessert! It turned into a beach dance party, later into a pool/ hot tub party which never seemed to end.
The cake/cupcakes was our favorite color green with pops of bright tropical flowers and our little bobble heads on top.
It was the most amazing wedding. We had the best of both worlds by embracing the Jamaican culture and using their local foods, flowers, and flavor while also having several touches of home.
Andrew and I joined Misha the next day (after my mom hosted a brunch for all of the guests) for a trash the dress shoot- we toured throughout Negril on a vespa and took photos at gas stations, grocery stores, docks, garbage dumps, abandoned areas… We really cherish those photos!!
If you want to see more photos from their wedding (including the aforementioned TTD shoot), their photographer Misha put together a slide show set to Kelley and Andrew’s impromptu wedding song “Red Red Wine”. The band decided that should be their song… [ Load SLIDESHOW ]
Huge thanks, Kelley for sharing your and Andrew’s wedding photos with all of us! Aaaand happy 4th year anniversary on March 20th — consider this a little anniversary gift. I wish you guys a lifetime of married bliss!
Photographer: Misha Earle Photography
Venue: Seasplash – Negril, Jamaica
Hair & Makeup: Debra Barrett
Gown & Veil: Etsy
Short dress, jewelry & shoes: Betsey Johnson
Cake topper: Etsy
Aisle/ceremony decor: DIY
Bridesmaid dress & Jewelry: Betsey Johnson
Bridesmaid hat: Etsy
Candy toss bouquet: DIY