THE PROPOSAL: My husband and I first met about 6 years ago on a group ski trip at Sunday River. After one chair lift ride together we instantly clicked and from that point on we were inseparable! In October of 2011 we decided to take a long weekend trip up to Bar Harbor, Maine. It was a beautiful fall weekend and we were lucky enough to bring our two lab mixes along for a weekend full of hiking and exploring the beautiful Maine coast. The first morning we were there we took a short hike to a beautiful secluded beach (which reminds me – I’m totally grabbing sand from that spot next  time I’m up there so I can get a necklace!) in Acadia National Park. The dogs were swimming in the ocean and we were taking in the beauty of the surroundings! I went up to the woods to grab a stick for the dogs to fetch in the water and after throwing it in he came up behind me and put his arms around me and that’s when he pulled out the ring box! I couldn’t have thought of a better place – and I love how I had my dogs there for the special moment!lwsm_trunk-bay-beach-st_3881.-john_3881

THE DESTINATION: We chose a destination wedding because we thought it would make for a smaller and more laid back wedding experience! We also liked the idea of having a wedding “week” with all of our friends and family, as opposed to just one day! We chose St. John because it is our favorite place on earth and we try to travel there every year. It also has some of the most beautiful beaches and it is such a friendly island – so it was definitely an easy decision!

duneweddingpartyTHE WEDDING: Well, we did not get the small wedding had anticipated!  We invited 130 people to our destination wedding and we had 105 confirmed gueststhat traveled all the way to St John to be there for our wedding. We didn’t expect nearly that many people so in turn that made the long distance planning a bit stressful. After getting the help from a wedding planner (Island Bliss Weddings) my stress went away and everything came together. Most of our guests were down there for a week and it was non-stop fun! We had a welcome party at a beach restaurant the night before the wedding, and the morning after the wedding we chartered two catamaran boats and went island hopping
through the British Virgin Islands. The day of the wedding was absolutely perfect. We had aPhoto Courtesy of Li Ward sunset wedding on Trunk Bay – which was voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world – and
we were lucky enough to show up and the whole beach was empty. After the reception we all headed back to town and ate delicious island inspired cuisine and danced the night away at Ocean Grill. Everything was more than I could ever hope for and we are so lucky that so many of our loved ones were there to celebrate with us. It was truly the trip of a lifetime!

THE GIFTS: I was really stuck on what to get my bridesmaids as gifts. I knew I wanted jewelrylindsey-bridesmaid1but I wanted to make it something special and memorable. My mother had met Holly at a fair in York, Maine and she was showcasing Dune Jewelry. As soon as she left she called me and said I have the perfect gift! I went on to the website and saw all the beautiful jewelry and my decision was made – the only trouble I had was picking a necklace. I decided to go with 8 Sandrop Necklaces filled with Trunk Bay sand (I lucked out and it was already a beach in the sand bank!). I also ordered the Sand Bead Necklace for myself! The white sand in the necklaces looked so beautiful with the girls’ pale aqua dresses. They still wear them all the time and it’s the perfect reminder of such an amazing day in a breathtaking location.