Real Wedding | Laura & Jason

I just can’t get enough of this beautiful wedding.  First the utterly romantic elopement. Then the super chic NYC reception with the jaw dropping dress. AMAZING.

Laura & Jason | April 3rd & April 17th 2010 | Turks and Caicos and New York City

How he proposed
He proposed during an excursion (to a secluded island for a picnic)while in Turks and Caicos. He wrote “will you marry me” in the sand and was down on one knee with the ring sparkling in the sun.

The ceremony
We had the ceremony on the beach (1 1/2 years later) at the Grace Bay Club in Turks and Caicos with just our immediate family (16 people including us)
we returned to NYC to have the reception with 100 of our closest friends and family.

The moment Laura will never forget
The most memorable moment for me was when my husband (by his point for an entire hour) sliced his toe open on conch shell on the sand and had to be rushed to the hospital. I was thankful that he ended up getting a bunch of stitches and was okay but also that it happened right after we were finished with the pictures. So we have all of those beautiful shots. There are even some great pictures with that shell in them.

The reception
It was at raw loft space called the Xchange in Manhattan.
We brought in everything, divided the space up so that we can have a cocktail hour in one area and then open up the seating and dance/lounge area afterwards. We had a buffet style dinner with an open bar all night. During the cocktail we had a slideshow (to music) played for all of our guests to view the actual wedding in Turks and Caicos.

I believe having the wedding and ceremony the way we did was the best way. We were able to share a very intimate moment with our family members in a more secluded quiet ceremony which allowed us to really appreciate the moment. Returning to have the post wedding reception made for such excitement to share with all of our friends….and just have a huge party with no worries, ( or least less worries, ha)

How she knew her wedding dress(es)! were “The Ones”
The wedding dress for the ceremony was easy. It was the fist one I tried on. It was by Morgane Le Fay. I passed by her store in downtown Manhattan and knew she would have the perfect island getaway , beachy wedding dress and she did.

For the reception I tried on two different dress. I knew that The Vera Wang was the one. I actually saw it online and made an appointment specifically because of the Deirdre dress. I think I had a moment of hesitation because it felt so magnificent on and while walking around in it, and the color (natural) was just absolutely amazing. But it only took me about an hour to know that it was the one. It just felt too right. I wanted a dress that was more extravagant because the beach dress was light and airy with sheer layers….the Vera Wang wedding dress was completely the opposite.

Her advice for other brides
I think for all those brides you have to go with your what your gut instinct tells you. Don’t doubt it. I think woman are so dead on with their instincts but we sometimes doubt them..just go with it and everything will fall into place.

Wedding Dress: Morgane Le Fay / Reception dress: Vera Wang Diedre / Photography: Cindy Johnson Photography