Written by Gabrielle Boyer, Photography by Gavin Howarth
“I always wanted my wedding colours to be navy blue and coral with hints of white and gold. I also love anything striped, which is where everything stemmed from,” says bride Jill Kearns. “Everything” being her and husband Miles Brewer’s stunning, yet simple, October 1, 2016, wedding.
The couple said “I do” at St. Theresa’s Cathedral in front of family and friends before jetting off in the Bermudaful Moments vintage car to their reception at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, beginning with a cocktail hour on the Moongate Terrace before the couple and their guests migrated indoors to the Harbourview Ballroom for dinner and dancing. “Though the ballroom was indoors, the wall-to-wall windows meant that we didn’t have to sacrifice water views.”
Jill and Miles met in their freshman year at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. After dating for six years (two of which were spent reuniting in airports over long weekends as the couple committed to long-distance love), Miles proposed to Jill during a surprise trip to Boston. Of course, Jill accepted.
When the couple embarked on planning their Bermuda wedding, they knew that they wanted to merge Jill’s preferred colour scheme with a laid-back island wedding that would give her overseas guests a taste of her new life. “Having just moved to Bermuda, I wasn’t sure if I would have all of our closest friends and family on the island at the same time ever again, so I wanted our guests to experience my new home by trying to incorporate Bermudian traditions wherever possible.”
In sync with local wedding attire, the groom wore traditional knee-high socks in navy, coral Bermuda shorts from local designer Rebecca Singleton of TABS, and a navy blazer. “Miles was so easygoing about what he was going to wear,” says Jill. “I wanted our guests to see traditional Bermuda wedding attire to get a sense of the local culture. I also wanted the groomsmen to be as comfortable as possible in the heat, so Bermuda shorts were an obvious choice. A lot of our overseas guests had fun participating in the tradition and wore Bermuda shorts and knee-high socks as well.”
“As with the groomsmen, I wanted my bridesmaids to have something they were comfortable wearing and with most of them being from Boston, I didn’t want them to be uncomfortably hot. I looked for options that would fit our colour scheme and laid-back idea of what we wanted our wedding to be. I found these great navy and coral dresses from Lilly Pulitzer that were easy to move around in. Most of the girls have already worn them post-wedding!”
Continuing their colour scheme, Jill and her bridesmaids carried gorgeous bouquets designed by local floral designer Suzan Sickling. “I knew I wanted white for mine, coral for the girls, with blue and white striped ribbon around the stems. It’s Suzan Sickling and my mother-in-law, Heather Brewer, who truly deserve all the credit for the beautiful bouquets—I showed them photographs of what I wanted and they did the rest.”
Adding the perfect touch to their Bermuda wedding, Jill and Miles, along with their wedding party, climbed aboard their family boat and headed out to Hamilton Harbour to toast to wedded bliss. “So much of our lives is spent on the water, I wanted that to be incorporated into our day. We took the entire wedding party out on the harbour for a quick toast. It gave my closest friends the chance to experience Bermuda from the angle that we as locals experience it so frequently.”