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C + H | Tippys, Eleuthera, Bahamas Wedding

Bahamas Wedding Photographer: Heather Carey Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: French Leave Resort, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera
Bridal Prep and Accommodation: Pineapple Fields, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera
Ceremony Location: Beachfront, Tippy’s, Pineapple Fields, Banks Road, Eleuthera
Reception Location: Tippy’s, Pineapple Fields, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera
Post-Wedding Brunch: Buccaneer Club, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera
Officiant: Gilbert Kemp
Eleuthera Wedding Coordinator: Tia Seyfert (Weddings Eleuthera)
Cake: Pauline Johnson (PJ’s Delights), Eleuthera
Dress: Vera Wang

You’ll notice in this blog that there are a lot of photos of the details – fully stocked gift bags for all guests, decor, signs, table settings, buckets, menus etc… How could I not photograph all of these amazing touches that Catherine, the bride, spent hours and hours on with choosing, ordering, shipping, shipping again, and shipping again! When a bride is that dedicated to these beautiful details you have to honor that passion. Many people don’t fully appreciate the challenge of getting so many of the necessary day to day items to our little islands, and so to pull off details to this length is a feat that our island wedding planners do day in and day out – sometimes with baited breath. In this case, because Catherine lives in Nassau, she was very much the driving force behind much of the decor and had excellent support from Tia who is based in Eleuthera.

I’ve known Catherine for many, many years. We have my brother in common (they schooled together) as well as a ton of friends so I was thrilled to be invited as photographer and guest to her wedding to Harry. I’ve only met Harry a few times but knew he had to be perfectly suited for Catherine since he let her do what she does best – organize an amazing wedding with events planned for the 3 days to keep friends and family busy, entertained and close to her. And how could I not want to be part of a ceremony that includes the bride walking to songs that play like an 80’s Classic Rock playlist (Led Zeppelin, Guns N Roses, Aerosmith and Ac/DC). Talk about Stairways to Heaven!!

Surrounded by so many of our old friends this weekend was truly a blast beginning with the bride’s rehearsal dinner at French Leaves (which 19 of her friends – including me – crashed with our own dinner party on the other side of the pool and where some performed entertaining but painful karaoke! ). Hey – we couldn’t let Catherine go where we couldn’t have our eyes on her. The wedding day was a flurry of finalizing details, recovering from the 3 previous nights of insane hours of celebrating, bridal prep and…. partying. Stunning weather with a desperately needed breeze that kept everyone comfortable for the ceremony; Lucky, the dog, deciding she needed to sign the paperwork too; beautiful flower girls, sharp-dressed groomsmen, lots of laughter. We danced until the wee hours – long after Harry hefted the bride over his shoulder to take her home. There were handcuffs (not pictured :), conga lines and of course, Junkanoo. No true Bahamian can have a wedding without a Junkanoo group making an appearance.

Ah, so many photos that I cannot post but trust me when I say this was a w/end to remember. And I was so happy to be able to reconnect with friends that I haven’t had a chance to spend time with in many years, in spite of our island being so small. An island wedding done in true island-style. Leave it to Catherine! Best of luck to you and Harry.

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