Written by Gabrielle Boyer. Photography by Melanie Fiander of Fiander Foto.
Amy and Timothy’s destination Bermuda wedding was everything they hoped for and more!
Amy Elizabeth King and Timothy Forbes were married on the beach at Mid Ocean Club on October 10, 2015. With 130 guests in attendance, the New England natives exchanged vows in the destination wedding of their dreams.
The couple met at a beer festival in Boston in October 2009. Both in line for the restroom, Amy and Tim began chatting and made the connection that Tim was at prep school with Amy’s brother in-law. Making that connection was important for Amy because it told her that Tim was a safe guy, one she could trust and have fun with. That serendipitous moment, when Amy and Tim exchanged their first words among thousands of other people was fateful. As Amy explains it, “The rest is history.”
For five years the couple dated before getting engaged on July 4, 2014. Tim proposed on bended knee with a family ring. “I happily said yes!” recalls Amy.
When the couple began planning their nuptials, they envisioned getting married on the beach.
“Bermuda was a favoured vacation spot for Tim’s family,” says Amy. “They’ve been coming since Tim was 12 years old and now they own a fractional at Rosewood Tucker’s Point. The first year Tim and I were together we travelled to Bermuda and have every year since, sometimes even bringing friends along. Never in a million years did we image that we could share the love we have for Bermuda with our extended family and friends.”
Between October 2014 and 2015, the couple travelled to the island three times to plan their
wedding. “I initially thought I could plan the wedding on my own and spent several months feeling overwhelmed and anxious,” says Amy. “I then determined that it was worth the ease to
hire a wedding coordinator. Kathleen Dodwell of Bermuda Event Solutions was an amazing. She was quick to respond to e-mails and had a vision of what we wanted, allowing the planning and wedding to run smoothly and without any worries for us.”
The couple wed late in the afternoon on October 10, 2015, near the edge of the surf at Mid Ocean beach. The bride, wearing a custom gown she fashioned herself from two different
Monique Lhuillier dresses, walked down the aisle to a string quartet, flanked by her parents. The reception was held under a big tent on the nearby beach club lawn. The couple’s beautiful multi-tiered wedding cake was made by Sweet P and adorned with the same bride-and-groom cake topper that was fixed atop the bride’s grandparents and parents wedding cakes.
Amy and Tim were astonished by how magnificently all the details of their big day came together exactly how they envisioned it. “It was amazing to see all of the planning come together,” says Amy. “From the chairs, centrepieces, dance floor, candles and paper
lanterns, we loved it all.”
Melanie Fiander of Fiander Foto was there to capture the day in its entirety; from the
bride getting ready with her mother and her bridesmaids to her walk down the sandy aisle, the ceremony, reception and the rousing performance by Working Title which was a highlight for the couple and their visiting guests.
For Amy and Tim, getting married in Bermuda was a dream-come-true.
“It was the most amazing day any one could ask for,” explains Amy. “The sky, waves and tide were all perfect. I recall that our niece was playing in the shallow water while we were exchanging vows—it was exactly how I envisioned our wedding from the start: relaxed, romantic and unforgettable.”
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GETTING MARRIED IN BERMUDA: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
You must complete a Notice of Intended Marriage form downloaded from the Bermuda Government’s website http://www.registrygeneral.gov.bm or request one from the Bermuda Government’s Registrar General’s office (441-297-7709 or 441-297-7707).
Fill out the form and mail it back to the Registrar General along with a cashier’s cheque or bank draft made payable to the Accountant General, Hamilton, Bermuda, in the amount of US $354, effective April 1, 2014 (includes certificate). Copies of final divorce decrees or death certificates, if applicable, must also be included.
Address your application to: Registrar General, Government Administration Building, 30 Parliament Street, Hamilton HM 12, Bermuda.
It will take about 15 days for your wedding licence to be issued and it is valid for three months. You or a designated person may pick up this license at the Registrar office. Within one month of your wedding, you receive an official marriage certificate that is recognized and legal worldwide.
From beaches to churches there many options of where to get married in Bermuda but legally you have two choices:
1. A civil ceremony which may be performed in the Registry General’s Marriage Room. Call 441-297-7709 or 441-297-7707 or e-mail email@example.com to find out more.
2. A ceremony held in a church or other location officiated by a member of the clergy.
You must have two witnesses over 18 years of age present at the ceremony. The Registrar will happily supply witnesses but from Monday to Friday only.
For more information on planning the Bermuda wedding of your dreams contact:
Bermuda: Bermuda Tourism Authority, 22 Church Street, Hamilton HM11, Bermuda. Tel: 441-296-9200, http://www.gotobermuda.com
United Kingdom: Global Travel Marketing Ltd., Link House, 140 The Broadway, Tolworth, Surrey KT6 7HJ. Tel: +44 (0) 208 339 6150
North America: 675 Third Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, New York 10017. Tel: 212- 818-9800, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org