Bermudians Jacquelynn McRonald & Justin Morley married on September 20, 2014, on the croquet lawn at Coral Beach Club. The ceremony was followed by a reception on the Wedding Lawn. “Our invitation read: ‘Followed by drinks, dinner and awkward but enthusiastic dancing!’” said McRonald.
Choosing to forego the classic beach wedding, the couple decided on a garden setting with a touch of Italian flare. “I wanted it to be soft, lush and romantic,” the bride said. Lucky to have a wedding coordinator for an uncle, she turned to Michael Mello of Elements to help bring her vision to reality. Between the two of them, and the bride’s very supportive mother, they created a completely unique and totally customised wedding—including homemade lawn games, monogrammed wax seals, clever signage, handmade favours and even a stylish reception entrance on a Vespa.
Notes From The Bride:
The flowers were arranged by Suzan Sickling, who is so talented and really brought my vision to life.
The cake was done by Sabine at Coral Beach. I’m a huge fan of pinterest.com and spent a long time trying to find ideas for the cake. I wanted something rustic and elegant to go with the rest of the reception decor. I gave Coral Beach a picture which the chef reproduced perfectly and then I found flowers that matched the theme. In keeping with Bermudian traditions, we also had small silver- and gold-leaf cakes for good luck.
Invitations & Programmes:
My uncle, Michael Mello, painted the artwork for the invites, programme fans and thank-you cards. I came up with all of the wording and worked with Linda from Bermuda Blueprinting to put it all together.
We had so many great signs! My uncle had the patience to make the numerous signs I requested, which included my flower girl’s “Here she comes” with reversible “They did it! Let’s Party!” And then there was our open-seating sign for the ceremony, our “Thank you” sign for pictures—and my favourite, “I do…” and “We did!” arrows.
The favours were handmade infused rosemary and chili olive oils and were put on the tables for each guest to take home.
My uncle gets the credit here too. We wanted the tent to have an indoor/outdoor feel. Large trees covered with fairy lights were put onto the tent poles to bring in the greenery. Romantic crystal chandeliers hung from the ceiling and hurricane vases with candles covered the tables for soft lighting. We found a large number of old Bermuda windows which were placed around the outside of the tent to almost give it a “greenhouse” feel.
I wanted the tables to be simple and elegant. Table numbers made by myself and my aunt were put onto wine bottles. My mother and I hand cut sprigs of rosemary to put at each place setting along with the olive oils. We decided to keep the tables clear of clutter by putting the seating chart on an old Bermuda sash and trim window and let people choose which seat to take at the table.
Photography by Sacha Blackburne.