Real Caribbean Weddings – Ami & Luis

Ami & Luis Caribbean Wedding

By Ami Mohr Caban

Louis and I were married  in St. Croix, since this is where I grew up and is the island I love. Louis and I met in Charlotte, NC, and we got engaged on the beach at Magens Bay, St. Thomas. Since my sisters and I had been Junior Members at the St. Croix Yacht Club, I’d always dreamed of a wedding there on the beach. And that dream came true!

Arrangements couldn’t have been easier. First we contacted the Divi Beach Resort, which is also at the east end and near the Yacht Club. We knew that many of our friends would be coming and would want to be right on the beach, so the Divi Carina Bay was the perfect spot and we received a great group discount!

They also provided lists of popular  bands and DJs, florists, an open air bus (Sweeney Safari Tours) to take our guests to the wedding and retrieve them at midnight, and names of ministers who would be willing to do a beach wedding. Rev. Rodney Koopmans, of the St. Croix Reform Church, arrived at our ceremony wearing a black  collar, black shirt and beach  sandals to officiate and make our day complete.

We chose Wild Orchids as our florist. She personally delivered  all our bouquets and was  waiting for us at the Club when we arrived. For inexpensive table centerpieces, the Yacht Club lent us glass globes that we filled with a candle, sand and sea shells.

The Yacht Club’s caterer made a delicious Island Buffet complete with Johnny Cakes, plantains, salads, pigeon peas and rice,  Cruzan sweet potato stuffing, Mahi Creole, slow roasted Le Chung (pig), and lots more. Our wedding cake was a three tiered masterpiece with edible sea shells and “sand”, made by Jennifer Jordan, a long time resident  of St. Croix.

We chose a combination of Cruzan and popular dance music, which was provided by Erik Erickson. We provided him with a playlist of over one hundred songs and he filled in the rest, and even played straight through until  midnight. Our wedding photos were taken by Homeland Collections  Portrait Gallery, and Denise  Bennerson personally did every shot. Our wedding album is a treasured masterpiece, and our the DVD brings back every magical moment of our wedding day!

It was easy to arrange a sail to Buck Island for all our guests prior to our wedding. Llewelyn sails directly from the Yacht Club, and Teroro goes from Green Cay Marina, which is also on the east end. We snorkeled at the  underwater trail, picnicked on the beach, and all had great tans for the big day!

We chose the Mermaid Restaurant on the beach at the Buccaneer Hotel,  for our rehearsal dinner, and included many of our out of town guests as well as the wedding party. A choice of seven entrees, and several appetizers and salads, including Cruzan Black Bean Soup and Caribbean Jerk Wings…all delicious and a great place for everyone to get acquainted before the big event!

With plentiful island flowers, our friends decorated the Yacht Club and an arbor, for the beach ceremony. Bill Bass Steel Drums entertained for an hour following the ceremony, and the DJ provided dinner music followed by our fun dance music which really got the party started. It was a perfect day, in every way.

We are fortunate to return to  St. Croix each year, along with our two young children, to visit their grandparents, play on the beach and sail to Buck Island.  St. Croix will steal your heart  and tempt you to return year  after year.

Photography by Denise Bennerson

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