When it comes to large, elegant weddings on St. Croix there are only a handful of venues who handle them successfully, The Renaissance Carambola is one of these venues. This rule goes for wedding planners as well. Thankfully I have had the pleasure of working with the best throughout my career. For Brittany and Benji’s wedding, Leslie Dawson of Perfect Weddings of St. Thomas led the charge. We met with Brittany and Benji during a site visit nine months before their wedding. Like most client meetings, it was nice to connect with my clients and get a feel for their wedding plans in a relaxed environment. During this initial meeting we discussed our connection to the midwest while Chef Eddy brought out beautiful entrees from the Carambola kitchen for Brittany and Benji to sample. The four of us covered a lot of ground that day and solidified the coverage plan for their wedding.
The wedding day flowed smoothly and everyone in attendance was present and energized. Brittany and Benji’s bridal party included 12 people which made for a very busy and very entertaining getting ready session. I loved getting to Brittany’s room and seeing that even in the chaos there was order, the room was neat, and all of her bridesmaids were wearing matching robes with their names on them. This was such a nice touch. Large weddings can feel overwhelming for even the most seasoned vendors due to all the moving parts. However, I felt completely at ease. I had photographed the rehearsal dinner held at The Waves the night before, and within this relaxed setting, I became familiar with many of the wedding guests and their connection to the bride and groom. This made for more knowledgeable coverage of the guests and wedding events throughout the day.
It was so wonderful to see all of Brittany and Benji’s plans come to life. There were so many memorable moments from this wedding, however some of my favorites include watching Brittany and Benji’s faces as they watched wish laterns fill the night sky. Another memorable moment was watching Benji’s reaction to Brittany as she walked down the isle. Finally, some of my favorite memories were from the reception. Brittany, Benji, and their guests really know how to have a good time. From the Photo Booth to the dance floor an amazing time was had by all…see for yourself!