If you ever needed a sign that a destination wedding is a great idea, consider Madison and Billy’s wedding at Sandals Grande St. Lucian it! With help from Carlie at 2 Travel Anywhere, the two escaped the city and headed to the beach to have the most gorgeous wedding day. Their ceremony was held in an over water chapel with a dreamy garden reception post-nuptials. Everything about this celebration is true wedding bliss and we’re so excited for you to see it all through the eyes of St. Lucian photographer, Jelani Le’ Bourne.
Madison + Billy
Sandals Grande St. Lucian ~ Over Water Chapel & Garden
Guests ~ 16
Budget ~ $10,000 – $20,000
How did you guys meet?
Madison: We met back in 2016 through a mutual friend that he was roommates with. My best friend at the time told me that Billy thought I was cute. I had no idea who he was so being the millennial I am, I looked him up on social media and then we exchanged numbers and the rest is history.
Tell us about your engagement!
Madison: I left for a year doing internships to become a dolphin trainer . I did one in Bermuda and then one in St Thomas . When I was coming back home from my internship in St Thomas , he was waiting for me at the airport and proposed . We were engaged in January 2020 and got married last weekend!
What was the vision for your wedding?
Madison: At first it I wanted a forest wedding but then when we decided on a destination wedding and saw the over water chapels with glass floors I knew that’s what I wanted. I was still able to incorporate greenery into the venue and chose a garden to have my reception.
What was your theme and what inspired it?
Madison: Garden/beach. Before deciding to do a destination wedding I wanted a forest themed wedding so I was able to incorporate some greenery into my venue.
What details were used to create your theme?
Madison: We had a green arch with white flowers that matched my bouquet which was also green and white. We also did all white tables and chairs with garland .
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
Madison: I splurged on photography/videography and a s’mores beach bonfire the night before the wedding. I saved on food since the guest count was so small and on party favors which I just skipped because most people throw them away and a DJ. I made a playlist on my phone and brought my Bose speaker at it was perfect.
What words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Madison: It really is about what you want. You can’t please everyone and it’s okay to be a little selfish. It’s your day and you have to do what makes you happy. For me personally we chose not to have a bridal party and it was just us two standing up there. It’s non traditional but I think it was one of the best decisions.
Can you share any special moments or highlights from your wedding day?
Madison: I didn’t think Billy would cry but he did and i thought it would be so hard to write our own vows and say them but it was one of my favorite parts.
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