The short hop from Boston made Bermuda a practical choice for Steve and Alyse’s destination wedding.
Living an international lifestyle means Alyse and Steve don’t get to see much of their family. A priority for them when planning their wedding therefore was to find somewhere where they could all spend a few days together, but which was close to Massachusetts where they both grew up.
“We wanted to make sure we had everyone staying for at least a couple of days so we could visit with our guests for more than just one night,” says Steve, who is a professional hockey player. Alyse is a makeup artist. They live wherever he is playing and at the time of their wedding they were based in St. Petersburg, Russia. “We decided a destination would be best.”
The couple settled quickly on Bermuda for both practical and nostalgic reasons. Not only is it a short flight from Boston, making it an easy destination for their family and friends but Steve’s parents and grandparents both honeymooned on the island and had happy memories of it.
“The scenery and views were even more beautiful than I imagined,” says Alyse. “I was able to visit Bermuda in August 2016 with my mom, mother-in-law and sister-in-law to search around and see potential venues first hand.
“After our walk through Coral Beach Club we just knew it was perfect for us. I loved that each event was in a different space with a unique view and feel. Our rehearsal dinner was on the beach, the ceremony on the wedding lawn and the reception inside, in the event hall.”
Alyse and Steve had been together for eight years before they got engaged on February 9, 2014. “Stephen proposed over FaceTime,” says Alyse. “He was in Finland where he was playing hockey at the time. My sister had invited me into Boston for ‘drinks’ but I was to meet her at her apartment before. When I opened her door I saw candles everywhere, a bottle of champagne and Stephen’s face on the TV screen, with a tiny box underneath.” The ring has a princess cut diamond, with a halo. “The ring of my dreams!” she says.
Because Steve was wrapped up in hockey season, the wedding arrangements were left predominantly to Alyse. Planning a wedding in Bermuda when you are based in St. Petersburg has its challenges, especially with an eight-hour time difference, but she used Emily Boden of Bermuda Event Solutions who was able to help them with all the local vendors they needed.
Alyse and Steve got married on the wedding lawn of Coral Beach Club on May 6, 2017, in front of 69 of their closest family and friends. While the ceremony could take place outside, the weather was windy and threatening rain. “At the last minute we had to decide if we should move the reception inside due to wind and potential rain,” says Alyse. “We ended up doing it inside and it was perfect!”
The majority of the guests were staying at Coral Beach and Alyse got ready in the Breakers cottage with her two sisters, her sister-in-law and her mother. Her older sister, Celena Fine, who was a matron-of-honour, also did the bride’s hair and makeup. Alyse then slipped into her Camilla’s Bridal wedding dress and wedding jewellery—crystal bangles and matching earrings, which both her sisters had worn on their wedding days. She also wore a ruby red ring that had belonged to her friend Chelsea who, very sadly, had recently passed away from cancer.
“Watching Alyse walk down the aisle was my standout moment of the day,” says Steve. She and her bridesmaids all carried bouquets, which matched perfectly with the white colour theme and wedding lawn surroundings and had been arranged by Michelle Geary from Flowers by GiMi. Steve’s uncle, William Bauer, performed the ceremony and his father, Stephen Moses, was the best man. “Steve’s uncle performed beautifully and honoured my closest friend Chelsea,” says Alyse. “The wedding lawn atmosphere and the ceremony were even more magical than I could have imagined.”
The bridesmaids all wore dresses by Adrianna Papell, with nude heels. The groom and groomsmen wore jackets by Hugo Boss and white trousers by Ralph Lauren. At the last minute the bride decided to go barefoot. Melanie Fiander from Fiander Foto was the wedding photographer and Moongate Productions did the video.
As soon as Alyse and Steve had been declared husband and wife, it was time for the reception. “We wanted a really, really fun one,” says Alyse. “We didn’t want the traditional sit down, formal kind. We opted for a buffet so we could start dancing!”
Coral Beach Club took care of all the catering, including the cake, and the couple’s only regrets about the day were that they hadn’t anticipated how tasty everything would be! “I wish I had known how delicious the food was going to be,” says Steve. “Then I would not have had so many cocktails during the speeches!” Alyse adds that she wished she’d made more time to taste the cake.
DJ Choice provided the dance music and once the official reception was over, the party moved down onto the beach where they could continue the celebrations around a bonfire. The majority of the guests only had to walk up the stairs to get to bed!
Due to the hockey season, Alyse and Steve have every summer off so they opted to stay on at Coral Beach for a few more days after the wedding instead of jetting off for a traditional honeymoon.
The couple agreed that their wedding weekend had been incredible and being able to share Bermuda’s beauty with their loved ones had been “very rewarding.” What advice would Alyse give to other couples considering a destination wedding in Bermuda? “Do it,” she says!