Written by Gabrielle Boyer. Photography by Donovin Seymour.
Bermudians Tiffany Simpson and Jonathan Dill were wed on April 30, 2016, in the Rose Garden at Fourways Inn. The outdoor ceremony was followed by an intimate reception in the Palm Garden at the same location. “I wanted a garden wedding that was both intimate and elegant and with only our closest family and friends in attendance,” says Tiffany.
The couple, who met in 2009, dated for six years before Jonathan proposed. “At the time, I was working as a tour guide at Crystal Caves,” recalls Tiffany. “One rainy Saturday afternoon, he surprised me at work and joined the other visitors for my last tour of the day. At the end of the tour, I asked if anyone had any questions. Jonathan was the only one who did. As he bent down on one knee, he asked me to marry him. It was a total surprise for me and all the tourists surrounding us, but I was ecstatic!”
The couple began planning the wedding in September 2015.
After viewing several garden-style venues around the island, Tiffany and Jonathan decided on Fourways Inn because it afforded them two separate and breathtaking gardens, the Rose Garden which would be the location for their ceremony and the Palm Garden which would host their reception.
Early on in planning her day, the bride chose a shade of magenta called “wild berry” that she used throughout the details of her wedding. “I thought the colour had life and was so gorgeous!” Indeed, wild berry became a big part of the couple’s day – it showed up in the bridesmaids’ dresses, the bridal bouquet, the groomsmen’s bow ties and the table settings.
When it came time to choose flowers for the bouquets, boutonnieres and centrepieces, Melody Smith and Flowers by GiMi helped the bride select vibrant pink roses, white calla lilies and purple orchids for her own bouquet, “I wanted it to be colourful!” The bridesmaids each carried a simple bouquet of three white roses and greenery. Each groomsman had a white rose pinned to his lapel, while the groom opted for a beautiful pink rose pinned to his.
At the end of the day, the couple agree that everything came together beautifully and insist that it’s imperative that couples stay true to what they want for their big day. “Everyone will have an opinion but at the end of the day, it is about the two of you celebrating your marriage and your life together.”