Written by Katie Stevenson, Photography by Gavin Howarth
Americans Meredith Garibaldi and Tip Molloy met through a mutual friend in 2011 while celebrating Cinco de Mayo in New York City. Exactly three years later to the day, they were engaged to be married!
Meredith always dreamed of being married in beautiful Bermuda after years of vacationing on the island. Those dreams became a reality in late June 2015 when the happy couple flew to Bermuda, with almost 200 friends and family in tow, for a picture-perfect destination wedding. The romantic wedding ceremony and reception was held at Mid Ocean Club, and the décor was inspired by the coral and aqua hues of Bermuda. Meredith, an event planner and florist, incorporated stunningly vibrant colours and patterns into her wedding decor, such as printed coral and turquoise table runners, multi-coloured flowers on the tables and gorgeous coral printed bridesmaids’ dresses, which looked fabulous against Bermuda’s pink cottages and ocean backdrop.
Meredith and Tip wanted their guests to be dancing all night, so rather than a sit down dinner the couple had food stations so everyone was able to eat as they wished. The pair also wanted their guests to experience some of Bermuda’s special tastes and traditions so everyone was encouraged to wear Bermuda shorts, Swizzles and Dark ‘N’ Stormys were the signature drinks of the evening, and Bermuda’s traditional fish chowder was served. The night ended with a surprise performance by the Gombeys.
For future brides-to-be, Meredith urges you to, “At some point during the wedding take a walk away from the reception and look into the tent/ room with your new husband/ wife. Take a few minutes to step back, enjoy and take it all in.” Finally, Meredith says to “Appreciate how blessed you are to be surrounded by good friends and family. The night will fly by so just embrace every moment!”
Video by Keith Steede Video