Real Wedding | Kristin + Dueane

Kristin and Dueane’s island wedding is so full of charming details and warm traditions that you’ll wish you had been a guest at this fabulous wedding! Modern music and personalized vows were an unexpected treat for guests. As Kristin walked down the aisle on her father’s arm, guests handed her single stem flowers, which created her lovely bouquet. Dinner, dancing and an impromptu jam session were the perfect ways to complete this celebration. And through it all, Kristin looked amazing in the dream gown she just couldn’t forget. Cheers!

Kristin + Dueane | April 29, 2010 | Bermuda

The ceremony

The ceremony was held at a small public park, Somers Garden, in our neighbourhood of St. George’s.  It provided a beautiful, natural backdrop for our very personal ceremony.  As the bridesmaids came around the corner, they were met by groomsmen and walked down the aisle to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Then my father walked me down the aisle to Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith.  As I came down the aisle, I stopped to hug and kiss people in the audience that were important to me, and they’d each hand me a flower, thus creating my bouquet.

After the ceremony, we kissed, and the whole wedding party danced out to I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas while the crowd showered us with confetti.  (Environmentally-friendly of course… )

The reception

Our reception was at a private residence, the home of my boss, an old army barracks that he has renovated into one of the most beautiful homes on the island.  The wedding party had already headed to the reception so that Dueane and I could get our ‘couple’s photos’ taken privately, then they rejoined us when we arrived for the walk in.  We walked in to All Dressed in Love by Jennifer Hudson, and immediately had our first dance to You’ll Never Find by Jah Cure.

Our table centrepieces featured items from places that Dueane and I had visited, our own items that we love – masks from Malaysia, Bowls from Namibia, Carvings from Belize and so on, with a small card explaining each item.  Our favourite casual restaurant provided the food, all Jamaican yumminess.  And then it was time for speeches, cake, and DANCING!!  We love music – I play the drums and Dueane plays guitar – so  we had invited our guests to bring instruments for a jam session. 

How Kristin felt in her wedding dress

I’m freakin’ BEAUTIFUL!

Why she decided to sell her wedding dress

My wedding dress search took a long time.  The selection was quite limited in Bermuda at that time so I travelled to New York and spent a week in and out of salons. I must’ve tried on about 40 dresses!  In the end, I left without a dress, as I couldn’t decide.  But on the way home, one of the dresses kept coming back to me.  I remembered thinking how this one was so beautiful and classic, and yet it still had a very whimsical feel.  I couldn’t get it out of my mind.  It made me look amazing, and sexy and glamourous and just altogether fabulous. And that’s how I felt when I put it on again on my wedding day.

And now, the dress is just sitting in the closet, not having anyone feel amazing, and sexy and altogether fabulous. It deserves the chance to have a bride’s groom look at her and say, that is the most beautiful dress I have ever seen.  Yep… it deserves another wedding!

Kristin’s dress: Melissa Sweet, Deanna  

Photography: ZKH Photography