“When Brandon first proposed, I had a vision,” said Bermudian bride Nina Outerbridge. “I knew I wanted to be married at Coral Beach as I had so many good memories there growing up. I always wanted an outdoor wedding and when we saw the wedding lawn with all of its ambiance and foliage, I just thought—we are going to make everything ‘pop.’ So I said, ‘We’re going to put all the girls in white or ivory and I want all white and ivory flowers.’”
“I chose the theme for my wedding because I like my style being different and standing out from others. I love classic and clean-cut themes. I feel like they make an event even more memorable. I knew that with an outdoor wedding the use of all of the ivories and whites would really compliment the greenery and the overall vibe of the event,” explained the bride.
Naturally her rather unusual choice of colour scheme—or rather, lack thereof—didn’t go over so well with her family and friends at first. “I was definitely given a hard time throughout the whole process by everyone for putting my bridesmaids in white as well. My vision paid off though—the girls looked beautiful, as did their bouquets. The dresses and flowers complimented mine gorgeously and I couldn’t have been happier.”
The bridesmaids’ dresses were specially ordered from Jim Hjelm and their bouquets, created by family friend and florist Suzan Sickling, consisted of a mix of white roses and peonies along with sprigs of fresh green foliage. “Suzan knew what I wanted and the vision I was going for,” said Outerbridge. “She really aced it!”
The bride’s dress—an ivory lace design by Madison James—added a touch of vintage glamour, as did the Branford Elite vintage car from Bermudaful Moments. “I was obsessed with the idea of the vintage car,” said Outerbridge. “Everyone does the golf cart or the horse and carriage, which I love, but I wanted our day and the details to be even more unique. My mother and I loved the vintage car concept and we actually chose the one we used from the Bermudaful Moments ad in the last The Bermudian Weddings magazine.”
The groom, who hails from Charlottesville, Virginia, wore traditional butter yellow Bermuda shorts with a navy blazer, classic white shirt, pink tie and navy knee socks. The groomsmen had the same look but switched out the tie with a sky blue version.
The couple tied the knot at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015, on the wedding lawn at Coral Beach Club followed by cocktails and a seated dinner on the upper terrace. “I was so nervous on the Friday night before because of all the thunderstorms and the pouring rain but when I woke up on Saturday I was so happy it had turned out to be a beautiful day!” said Outerbridge.
The reception décor consisted of round tables with white linens, glass hurricane lamps, white candles and stunning centre pieces overflowing with white and ivory roses and peonies interspersed with lush green foliage. “Suzan Sickling and family friend Patricia Pettit helped with the décor, as did Linda Pacheco at Bermuda Blueprinting who helped with all of our menus and monograms, etc.,” said the bride.
Equally simple and elegant was the cake. Created by Sabine Benhlima, the pastry chef at Coral Beach Club, the couple’s choice was a simple three-tiered white fondant cake decorated with white roses.
Admitting she’s an “OCD freak” when it comes to details, Outerbridge says she was thrilled with the outcome of the day. “All of the stressing and hard work paid off—we were beyond happy with the end result.”
Photography by Gavin Howarth