Life together: Our featured bride Claire looks to the future with husband Tim, at Commissioner’s House. *Photo by Kelly Winfield
Life together: Our featured bride Claire looks to the future with husband Tim, at Commissioner’s House. *Photo by Kelly Winfield

Your wedding day should be everything you dreamed of, and more.

In this edition of ‘Fairytale Weddings’ we hope to inspire you to create your own unique celebration on this beautiful island.

Our beautiful cover bride Claire James tells us how she planned her special day, adding personal, whimsical touches to make it even more magical.

Claire, a sales and marketing executive for the Bermuda Sun, married Tim Ritchie, catering manager for Fourways Catering, amongst the grandeur of the Commissioner’s House, Dockyard, on October 20.


The celebrations not only had a classic, vintage feel but were filled with fun and games, such as riding a mechanical bull and making comic poses in a photo booth.

The amazing day was a result of meticulous planning, and Claire’s sister Rebecca Bocchetti describes how the sisters made their preparations from across the Atlantic, and how the day finally came together.

In this supplement we also give you practical advice on how to change your name for official documents once you marry.

Many islanders may not be aware that they can earn rewards for their wedding guests. We explain how you can become a Feel the Love Rewards Ambassador.

Then there are those wedding photographs. How do you look your very best?

Lush Makeup Lash & Brow Bar provides top tips for fresh make-up and perfect eyebrows.

No bridal party is complete without a beautiful bouquet of flowers. At Petals, owner Nikki Begg and her staff will inspire you to pick the colours and plants unique to you and your relationship.

Ms Begg, owner of Bermuda Bride, is also a wedding planner. Sometimes in the course of her job she has to perform minor miracles. She describes a typical day in the life of a wedding planner.

The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute has opened up its doors as a wedding venue. Take a peek on page eight.

Want to get in trim for the big day? Personal trainer Xande Frith describes how Flatts Fitness Studio can create an exercise programme to suit you.

Looking for the perfect bridal outfits? You don’t need to travel overseas. The choice at Revelation Boutique could indeed be a revelation.

Are you are looking for a cool centerpiece at your reception? Bermudian Kenneth C Daniels can create fairytale ice sculptures for your table.

There is also a serious side to starting your married life together — your finances. Carly Seely of AFL Investments gives us her top tips on how to avoid the arguments.

And if you have ever wondered what a prenuptial agreement is, lawyer Georgia Marshall explains the process.

Our next ‘Fairytale Weddings’ will be published in July and next time it could be you on the front cover. Find out how HERE.

We hope that any prospective bride and groom will enjoy this edition, and that after you marry you will be happy ever after!

Fairytale Weddings January 2012