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Wedding in St Thomas

How I Combined my 2 Loves and Enjoyed MY DAY

I hate Weddings. Well......not all weddings. Just the expensive (you could make a down payment on a house) kind that are overblown and so chock full of activities that after it's all over, you don't remember a thing. I have been IN those kind of weddings and I swore that my wedding would be different.....it would be memorable and fun.

My husband and I got engaged on the island of St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, during a Bar Association Conference I was attending (he came along for the ride and networking). When it came time to pick a place to get married, we looked at each other one day and came to the same conclusion; we would go back to beautiful St Thomas, get married, enjoy ourselves and invite family and friends to go with us.

Easier said than done? NO, IT WAS VERY EASY! Since "keep it simple stupid" is one of my mottos, we decided that it would be easier if we got married during an Eastern Caribbean Cruise that stopped in St Thomas. The Grand Princess was a brand new ship and she was going our way during the time we wanted to go. The Marriott Frenchman's Reef resort on St Thomas and Weddings in Paradise would handle all the details. All we had to do was choose a wedding package, the flowers and the music and we were good to go!

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Getting a license was easy. The US Virgin Islands is part of the United States so we applied for the license by mail. All we had to do was pick it up at the courthouse in St Thomas right after the ship docked on the island the day of our wedding. My Mom LOVED the idea. She would not have to do a thing and it would only cost her cruise fare and a plane ticket to Ft Lauderdale where the ship sailed for the cruise.

December 6th, our wedding day arrived. We had spent 2 days at sea on the cruise relaxing and getting over our 'wedding nerves'. After the ship docked in St Thomas, we caught a cab to the courthouse where we were the first people in the door. We got our license with no problems at all. The minister who would do the ceremony had faxed us our vows ahead of time, so we left the courthouse to meet him at the Frenchman's Reef Resort. My Mom and our friends attending the wedding met us at the resort after we picked up the license. The ceremony was set for 10:30am and it was already a beautiful and sunny 75 degrees. The wedding coordinator met us in the lobby and quickly took my fiance and I in separate directions to get ready.

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My Mom and my best friend and bridesmaid Yolanda, helped me get dressed. All too soon I was headed to the site of the ceremony, a gazebo overlooking the ocean. The music started and I heard my favorite song playing. I looked out over the ocean and started walking toward my fiance, now husband. The ceremony and vows were lovely, I remember every word. The reception that followed took place on a terrace overlooking the beach and sea. We ate cake, drank champagne, and enjoyed our friends and family who traveled across the ocean to see us get married.

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We spent the rest of the afternoon (after changing clothes) shopping in St Thomas before we boarded the ship again to set sail for 5 more days of cruising the Eastern Caribbean. That was 10 years ago. I remember it all like it was yesterday without having to watch the video or look at the beautiful photos. My Wedding in St Thomas was exactly what I wanted it to be and I would not change a thing!

Posted by Gerriv 18:40

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Hey, this sounds like a fabulous idea for a wedding. You get all the prettiness without the stress and the drama of planning a wedding. The pictures are gorgeous and it makes me want to do this very thing (all except the vow-changing part). Good job!!

by Amaya Radjani

Thank you Amaya! I highly recommend a Destination Wedding like this, when you meet the right man!

by Gerriv

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