Dreaming of a tropical wedding? Take a peek at Melissa and Joe’s colorful Turks and Caicos Island union, photographed by Ileana Ravasio of Attimi Photography. Bride, Melissa, always dreamed of a golden wedding on the beach- a fun day to celebrate life, love and friendship. The New Jersey shores simply didn’t do it, so she chose the Turks and Caicos Island and the stunning Villa Saving Grace to transform her wish into reality. (Try not to get too jealous of this sandy-shored union)

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A few tips for those planning a destination wedding: 

1. Do your weather research

“A romantic sunset ceremony on the sandy beaches of an exotic Caribbean island can quickly turn sour when a hurricane, intent on destroying everything in its path (including your nuptials), shows up unannounced. Keep your guests from running for cover by strongly considering seasonal weather patterns before booking anything.” – TLC

2. Get professional help

“If you are planning your destination wedding without a hotel or resort package, consider hiring a wedding coordinator on your own. Professional wedding planners can help you choose reliable vendors and venues, and often secure lower prices and better values.” – The Wedding Channel

3. Follow the law

“Before embarking on your voyage, be 100 percent sure that both of you possess all of the necessary documentation, lest your marriage vows turn into a simple declarations of love.” – TLC

A few other considerations: Family and venue availability, travel requirements, financial sensitivity to guests, combining with your honeymoon package deals and last but not least….planning ahead!

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Curious what vendors contributed to this stunning event?

Creative designer: Stacy Steenland; Wedding coordinator: Shameka Simmons; Venue: Villa Saving Grace; Florist: Environmental Arts; Videographer: Elwood Harvey, TREL Ltd; Cake: Diane Guess, CakestoDiforTCI ; Catering: Kissing Fish – catering. Hair dresser: Geraldine Burtschi, Maxime le Salon; Make-up artist: Ann Northcote, Beauty and the Beach.

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