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Intimate tropical wedding in Turks & Caicos

Michelle and Lee chose classic white and tropical touches for their intimate wedding abroad

Michelle and Lee – the venue

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“We had travelled to Beaches Turks & Caicos for a holiday in June last year and fell in love with the beautiful island,” says Michelle. “We had intended to get married in the next couple of years but after seeing weddings conducted in resort whilst we were there, we decided this would be our dream location. The idea of being away in a sunny tropical climate in a relaxed atmosphere with everything arranged for you was just so appealing! Also we wanted our son Callum (aged 5) to be part of our ceremony and Beaches was the perfect choice, as they combine the luxury destination weddings of sister brand Sandals with a family holiday. We planned our wedding for our son’s 5th birthday in November 2009.”

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Michelle and Lee – before the wedding

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“We arrived three days before our wedding guests and had some time to settle in,” says Michelle. “We met with our wedding co-ordinator the next day and discussed the location, meal preferences, and so on. We spent the next day or so relaxing, sunbathing and having fun in the water park. The night before the wedding we arranged for all of our 10 guests to have a meal with us in the Teppanyaki restaurant, Kimonos.

“On our wedding morning Lee and Callum and I had breakfast together (I had butterflies at this stage!). The girls all met in my suite for a glass of champagne and photographs before they left my sister and I to walk to the ceremony.”

Michelle and Lee – the ceremony

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The couple exchanged vows beneath a pretty gazebo on the beach. “My sister gave me away which was very special to me; we both shed a little tear!” says Michelle. “As I walked up the path to the gazebo, Lee and my son Callum had their backs to me so it was lovely to see their big smiles when I arrived. The ceremony was light-hearted and beautiful and lasted about 20 minutes, which was long enough in the tropical heat.”

Michelle and Lee – the outfits

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“I had the idea that I wanted to wear a long floaty maxi dress, similar to a style Denise Van Outen had worn,” says Michelle. “After visiting numerous bridal shops, I stumbled across The Wedding Rooms. The owner, Marie, was so helpful and in the end I decided to have a traditional wedding dress. The One, by Ellis Bridals, had a creased crepe effect rather than a smooth satin so was ideal to fold and take away in a suitcase. I fell in love with the diamanté brooch on the pleat in the dress and the numerous diamantés scattered all over the dress, which sparkled when they caught the light. I certainly felt like a princess on the day! Lee chose not to wear a suit as his brother in law advised against it after wearing one himself in St Lucia, which was way too hot!”

Michelle and Lee – the bridal party

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“I love photograph of me and my girls walking up the boardwalk – it looks like a scene from Mamma Mia!

Michelle and lee – after the wedding

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“After the ceremony we all went for a private sit down meal with our guests beside the beach. By early evening there was a lovely breeze and you could hear the waves crashing on the sand. The table was beautifully decorated and a personal menu had been typed up with the title ‘Wedding menu for Mr and Mrs Masters’ which was an extra special touch! We had a keyboard player booked for an hour who was fantastic and our own personal bar and waiters. We all feasted on Island crab cakes, Caesar salad, grilled Mahi Mahi or grilled chicken and a dessert of coconut and chocolate parfait with cream sauce. Then we all headed to the Cricketers Pub to drink into the night.”

Michelle and lee – the next morning

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“It was wonderful to wake up the next morning to the most fantastic view as Mr & Mrs Masters and have breakfast in bed. We then had a relaxing walk along the beach before we collected our son from his grandparents. That evening we had a honeymoon dinner booked in the French restaurant – our table was decorated with rose petals and there was a balloon with Just Married on it. It was such a fabulous trip – the holiday of a lifetime.”