I have another fabulous wedding to share with you today! Taking you to the Caribbean, well, almost.
Say hello to the absolutely gorgeous Janice and Ryan. Janice is of Jamaican and Bajan heritage, and Ryan of Jamaican and Dominican heritage. And in true island style, their union was full of tropical colour, dancing, and great food!
The couple met in a bar in Central London, but now live in Dubai so took on the challenge of planning a wedding from abroad. They decided to marry in Liverpool at the beautiful light-filled Isla Gladstone Conservatory, and filled it with bright flowers, pineapples, and happy friends.
For their photographer, Janice and Ryan chose the talented About Today Photography and I know you will adore the images as much as I do!
Over to Janice for all the details of the big day!
We went to our favourite Thai restaurant on Ryan’s birthday.
He started acting strange during the meal, asking me to change places with him. The music in the restaurant changed from traditional Thai music to RnB, and I said I needed to go to the toilet but couldn’t be bothered to go as my feet hurt.
He kept telling me that I should go! That’s when I definitely knew something was going on. When I came back, my aunt was there (she’s a photographer), as well as my mum and uncle. Ryan got down on one knee then and asked me to be his wife. (Nu Bride: Brilliant! lol)
As both sides of our family are from the Caribbean, we decided to go for a modern tropical Caribbean theme.
I mainly used Pinterest and images found on the internet as inspiration. I have always been creative, so I found it easy to carry out the theme.
Our photographers were About Today Photography and I would definitely recommend them. They’re amazing!
We also want to mention B&D Flower Company. Denise was brilliant!
I fell in love with the dress the moment I saw it online. I envisioned the whole look from head to toe the night before going to the appointment. I decided to attend my dress fitting appointment alone. As a personal stylist myself, I didn’t want to be swayed or talked into choosing a dress I didn’t like, plus I loved being able to surprise everyone, and playing the ‘what do you think my dress will look like?’ game.
I chose the dress due to the simplicity of the style. I’m not a fan of embellishment, full skirts and lace back dresses. I liked the pleated corseted bodice and the fitted mermaid skirt, as I really felt like they flattered my figure.
I decided to design my evening outfit myself and had it made in Dubai.
Ryan decided to have his three-piece suit tailor-made in Dubai. The process was very straightforward, and he enjoyed it. He now has a stylish suit that he has been able to wear after the wedding.
My favourite moment of the day was walking down the aisle, and seeing all our family and friends that had travelled from London to celebrate our special day with us.
Seeing both our kids dressed up, we felt so proud and they behaved so well!
Ryan’s cousin sang as I walked down the aisle. She sang so beautifully I thought it was the DJ playing the original. My close friend Tania sang too and it was amazing! I have known her since I was three years old. We asked my grandmother to say a prayer during the service, and my cousin also read a poem.
Our florist was amazing! We found her whilst looking for inspiration at Covent Garden flower market. The bright tropical flowers really made the venue look fabulous!
I managed to source two large peacock wicker chairs, which we used as our seats at our sweetheart table.
The tropical theme carried through to our table settings and our wedding cake, where we used fresh tropical flowers.
Our seating plan was based one of my favourite films, ‘Coming to America’. I loved the fact that everything was so personal to us. The party in the evening was great fun – we served rum punch so everyone was in great spirits dancing to ‘Candy’.
One of the funniest moments was my grandmother’s speech telling Ryan not to expect me to look this good tomorrow or the day after! Thanks, grandma!
We decided to dance to Al Green ‘Let’s Stay Together’. It was a very special moment, as our children, family and friends gathered around us whilst Ryan’s cousin sang the song live.
Challenges and Triumphs
The fact that we live in Dubai made it a challenge to travel to Liverpool for the wedding planning. We had to make sure everything was completed on our visits.
Top Tips for Other Couples
- Work together when it comes to planning, so the day represents you both.
- Shop around on sites like Ebay, Etsy, Groupon and discount stores to keep costs down.
- Ask for help; it’s only one day but it’s a big job.
- Timing is key; it’s stressful for both you and guests if you’re running late on the wedding day.
- Remember to have fun. It’s a day you will never forget!
Photographer: About Today Photography
Cinematographer: Hannah Dornford-May
Venue: Isla Gladstone, Liverpool
Accessories: Hairpiece made by the bride; Vintage earrings (bride’s mothers)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Hair: Vanessa Morrison
Makeup: Sophia Danielle
Suit: Knights and Lords
Shoes: Russell & Bromley
Bridesmaid Shoes: Primark
Flower Girl Outfit: Next
Groomsmen Suits: French Connection
Pageboy Outfit: River Island
Cake: Vanilla Nova
Flowers and Décor: B & D Flower Company
Food: Isla Gladstone
Stationery: Designed and printed by the bride & groom
Entertainment: DJ Dukez
Wedding Singer: Tania Patterson