I am so excited to finally be able to share this St. Bart’s wedding! In case you didn’t know, St. Barts is the French Virgin Islands and it is a teeny tiny island. As small as St. Bart’s is physically, it is big on style, high fashion, amazing French food, and some of the most friendly and helpful people I’ve ever had the privilege of working with.
I cannot write this post without emphatically thanking Djordje Varda, our amazing floral designer and Romain Vinsot of Hotel St. Barth Isle De France who I’ve pledged my undying love to, and whom I’m sure never wants to see me again! All of the vendors who worked together to make this a spectacular event were wonderful, but every once in a while you find people who are truly unforgettable.
Djordje, who spent years as the floral designer for the Ritz in Paris, is a true visionary who designs such amazing elements and brings to life designs you never even dared dream of, yet when you see them come together make you wonder how you ever lived without them. Rarely, in my experience, is such an artist also such an accommodating, kind, and funny person. I wish I could spend every day drinking champagne with Djordje on his boat.
Romain really needs to learn the word “no”. But of course I love him for bringing all of my crazy ideas to life. Raking the sand so it was flat enough to lay a dance floor on, borrowing mats from a neighboring hotel so the white carpet laid perfectly flat on the sand floor of the hotel’s restaurant. Removing furniture I felt impeded the flow of the wedding. Setting up a private fashion show for wedding guests. Pretty much allowing me to do whatever I wanted to make this wedding perfection, Romain facilitated, and always with a smile.
Planning a wedding in such a remote location was definitely not without its challenges. Things that we take for granted when planning a wedding in San Diego became major logistical (read:costly) undertakings. For example, there are no rental companies on the island. We found that it is much more cost effective to buy decor in the US and have it shipped to St. Bart’s than it is to buy on the island. This was especially true for a bride who’s style was glam and over the top. Some of the custom details we brought to life for Tracy include: a white aisle leading up to the ceremony alter, which became the dance floor at the end of the night; snow white carpet was brought in to cover the sand in the dinner area; a 33 foot white silk shantung tablecloth; a crystal curtain spanned one side of the restaurant while sheer white curtains added softness to the other; a custom gobo was designed with the Pastor family crest on it to shine onto the dance floor; and the party got started with a private fireworks show.
A huge thank you to everyone who made this wedding possible!
Wedding Planning and Design: Betty Blue Events
Floral Design: Djordje Varda
Photography: Bruno Dubreuil
Videography: Tony Duarte
Lighting: Helge Storm
Sushi: Yo Sushi Mania