The extreme excitement of Duncan’s wedding proposal started to wear off as soon as I started to get my teeth into the wedding planning.
My elation was replaced with panic and I couldn’t fathom out how we were going to do what we wanted.
I started to research the best ways to elope, and boy did that seem a lot simpler. Thankfully, I have an amazing groom. He brought me back to reality and we both realized that we couldn’t imagine having our wedding anywhere but our home, Bermuda.
Not only that, we wanted to be able to support our island and in particular our West End community and vendors. That decided, it was simple!
Every decision was made based on our values and buy Bermuda we did!
We decided early on that the most beautiful location island-wide, and in particular the West End, was the Commissioner’s House in the National Museum of Bermuda.
The table names were themed “West End locations” and we used our favourite spots such as Cambridge Beaches and West Side Road.
We also decided to have an after party at our favourite local restaurant, Salt Rock Grill, and our DJ was Jason, ‘J-Byrd’, Whited.
Our photographer Becky Spencer was an easy choice as we loved her relaxed and professional style.
The Pastry Shop in Dockyard made our beautiful cake and hundreds of delicious almond cookies for our guests.
We had custom jewellery made by Alex Mosher out of my grandmother’s pearls for me and my mother and earrings of precious and semi-precious stones for my bridesmaids.
Kate Ross from the Menuhin Foundation provided the classic string instrument music for the ceremony.
My veil and my mother’s fascinator were hand-made by Rosie Davis from Sandy’s who has a knack for head décor.
My engagement ring was custom-made by John at Swiss Timing as well as Duncan’s wedding ring.
Stephanie Rodill of ‘Glamstar’ did my make-up and Earl-Leeshia Stevens did the hair, both did an amazing job. The groom’s gifts were cedar clocks handmade by Roderick Raynor.
Gimi did the beautiful flowers and Commissioner’s House decor, Liz Campbell altered my Dress, Anthony’s took care of the men’s attire, local decorator Theresa Simons decorated Salt Rock, and the flower girl’s dress was from Daisy n Mac.
In lieu of favours for our guests we decided we wanted to make a donation to our favourite local charities.
Tim Ritchie and his team from MEF did an amazing job with the food and took wonderful care of our guests.
Needless to say we enjoyed our beautiful Bermudaful wedding and the community support added an element that made the beginning of our lives together unforgettable. In the end only thing that wasn’t Bermudian about our wedding was the groom’s traditional Scottish garb!