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Mary-Kate & Dorian

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        After our first meeting, we just knew that this event would have fantastic personality through and through. Without being directly stated, Mary-Kate and Dorian’s wedding would be a fantastic fusion of American Southern charm, wild Greek partying and St Barths unique allure. Mary-Kate and her family, originally from Lousiana, USA made it clear from the beginning that this very special multi-day affair should be a celebration of love, with a hefty dose of booze and fun. As a small, intimate group of 18 persons total, including the wonderful 4-month old baby Jack, this group was able to enjoy every moment together. Jack, by the way, was number one to rock up to the pool with baby shades and ready to relax, himself.

        The celebration kicked off with a very welcoming and appropriate introduction to St Barths at the private Villa Vitti, located in Lurin. Guests transitioned from a travel day straight to the pool/pizza party to settle in just the right way. The extremely talented Thomas from Enjoy St Barths concocted the father of the bride, Chip’s favorite cocktail “Shark Bite”, which was enjoyed thoroughly by all. The Epic Presentations team arranged for several meters of delicious Isoletta pizza to be delivered for guests to swim, drink, and munch away as they acclimated to their first evening of partying. 

        The bride and groom chose not only to host their religious ceremony on island, but also to hold their legal ceremony at the Collectivité, which is quite a unique and beautiful ceremony for those who have not experienced before. Scheduled for 11am the following the morning and officiated by the Vice President of St Barths, Nils Dufau. Guests and family members gathered outside of the Collectivité and walked together to the ceremony room, where all took their seats. In a bilingual, French and English traditional French ceremony, Mary-Kate and Dorian & their witnesses signed the Livret de Famille, followed by Mimosas and photographs by the harbor front. All photographed events were captured by photographer Bruno Dubreuil, selected by the International Society of the Best Professional Wedding Photographers in the World.

        Guests were then transported to the St Bartholomews Anglican Church to rehearse the next day’s religious ceremony. In order to keep the excitement of the ceremonies going, all attendees were then driven to the fun and wild Nikki Beach for lunch and then a quick power nap. That same evening Dorian’s parents, Blanca and Pano Lamis, hosted an intimate “toes in the sand” dinner on the beach at Eden Rock. The Lamis’ had arranged for one long table set with beautiful candles to carry the sweet mood leading into the following day’s ceremony. Executive Chef, Eric Desbordes prepared a delicious menu for guests to enjoy before the big day. 

        On the last and final day of celebrations, Mary-Kate and her family enjoyed a leisurely lunch at Do Brazil, before heading back up to Villa Vitti to have their hair and make-up done by St Barth’s Marco and Idalmi respectfully. It was very important for tradition-sake for the bride and groom not to see each other before their religious ceremony. Dressed in a beautiful Paloma Blanca dress & Paul Andrew shoes, Mary-Kate rode with her family to the Anglican Church. Their ceremony included added personal touches of local soloist, Laurent Clequin, singing Ave Maria during the signing of the register.


        The newlyweds made their “get away” to close-by beach, Shell Beach in a beautifully decorated white Mini Moke for sunset photos. Guests quickly followed for a champagne reception whilst photos were taken. 

        All guests were then transported up the hillside to Villa Vitti, where the space was transformed into a delightfully romantic reception venue for dinner and dancing by the Epic Presentations team and on-island floral team, Bloomy. A delicious menu prepared by St Barth’s famous Maya’s team was served as rockstar bar team, Enjoy St Barths kept the cocktails and delicious wines flowing throughout the evening. In the spirit of added sweet personal touches, Mary-Kate and Dorian opted to enjoy a delicious fruit tart with homemade vanilla ice cream instead of the traditional wedding cake. After the gorgeous seated dinner, guests went into full party mode, with world renowned DJ Philippe Paris mastering the play list. Sprinkling in VERY animated Greek music as a nod to the groom’s family’s background. After heating up the dance floor, guests took advantage of the villa’s stunning infinity pool by all leaping in, and taking Epic Presentation’s own Natalie in with them! As the dancing and swimming came to an end, Mary-Kate and Dorian had their final “send off” with loved musical group, Phish complete with sparklers into newly married life.


        Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of this journey with you! Now “won’t you step back into St Barths” for some party time with us again!

Ali & Peter

                Long time visitors of St Barths, Ali and Peter knew that this was THE place to host their one-of-a-kind wedding extravaganza. Ali, originally from New York, leapt into the planning process with a background as both a foodie (check out her and her sister’s awesome blog here: http://unbuttoningpants.com) and an event/wedding organizer herself. Peter, also from New York, has been coming to the island with his family for over 20 years and knows the island backwards and forwards. Together, the two knew that they wanted to create a combination of tradition and brand new spin to the destination wedding agenda.

                  Since our first meeting, Ali and Peter had already sketched out the initial bones of their wedding: having their ceremony somewhere spectacular and totally unique from other weddings. They also knew that they wanted to host their reception at the ever-famous Maya’s Restaurant. Peter’s family has been friends with restaurant owners Maya and Randy Gurley for many years. This, coupled with the restaurant’s long-standing reputation and fabulous fresh daily menu, they knew they were in great hands. The very fun twist to the schedule: the final evening would be what we coined the “rager party” and held at the fabulous Taiwana Hotel. The Friday and Saturday events were captured by photographer Bruno Dubreuil, selected by the International Society of the Best Professional Wedding Photographers in the world.


                  Ali and Peter welcomed their guests on the Thursday of their wedding weekend by hosting a cocktail in the bride’s parent’s private suite at the Taiwana Hotel, where the majority of the wedding guests stayed. Afterwards, party-goers were able to continue the festivities by dining and dancing at Bagatelle. Located in the main town of Gustavia, Bagatelle is known to get anyone out of their seats and onto the dance floor or dancing right on the table – which is exactly what happened with this group!

                  Friday, the Wedding Day, kicked off with Ali, her sister and her mother getting ready in their beachfront suite at the Taiwana Hotel. Meanwhile Peter stayed with his friends and family in his brother’s suite, also at the Taiwana, to get ready himself. The wedding party and guests were then driven to the unique ceremony site: located on the Western most point of the harbor, overlooking nothing more than the sea and the setting sun. World renown floral designer, Djordje Varda had transformed Ali’s vision of all locations into individual masterpieces. Champagne and refreshing cocktails were served as guests arrived and took their seats. Wearing a gorgeous lace Marchesa gown, Ali walked down the aisle to Paul McCartney’s “Black Bird” on violin and piano. In the spirit of continued personal touches, the ceremony was officiated by Ali’s brother-in-law, Jesse. To us, this is one of our favorite spins to the traditional officiating role – Jesse delivered one of the sweetest, most touching and funny ceremonies that we have been lucky enough to witness.

                   After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails as the sun dipped below the sea. Ali & Peter hopped aboard a get-away boat to take them to the reception location while guests were then transported by shuttle buses. Maya’s Restaurant, located in Public, was transformed by Varda into a colorful, chic, bright floral experience. Guests were seated at two beautiful long tables with mirrored table tops reflecting a hanging floral and candle structure. Along with fabulous wine, delicious food, combined with hilarious and heartfelt toasts, guests hopped out of their seats and to dance while friends of the groom played guitar and sang throughout the evening.

                   The “rager party” took place at the Taiwana Hotel, located on Flamands Beach. With a fantastic large covered restaurant space, Varda and top lighting team, Storm Lighting were able to once again transform the space into a theme inspired by French Fashion designer, Christian Lacroix: a sophisticated floral and lighting set of fuchsia, orange and yellow. Upon arrival, guests were immediately served cocktails while the locally famous musical duo of Emilia and Robb kicked off the soirée to an upbeat and romantic tone. The tempo was then charged up with a beach-side fire show, followed by a sound system takeover by world-known DJ Philippe Paris, where guests Did. Not. Stop. Dancing – including Grandmother Hilda who boogeyed as hard as the rest of the them! Stations of delicious food were set about so friends and family could graze at their leisure (and to refuel between dance breaks). An impromptu “Don’t Stop Believing” choreography had three young men, shirtless playing very serious air guitar. As Saturday turned into the early hours of Sunday, guests cooled themselves by a final dip in the ocean before heading to bed.

Bon voyage Ali & Peter, so happy to have taken this trip with you!

Stav & Mark

The first and most important request started with cookie cake… from that moment on we were hooked! Stav and Mark, living in New York, and both from the same small town in Florida, immediately became the kind of clients where conversation content was not just about wedding planning. We shared jokes and over-the-top ideas that quickly became elements of their fabulous wedding event in St Barths.

The couple had visited the island several times over the past few years. Their goal: to create an experience for their closest friends and family that translated the essence of St Barths and the hilariousness of both the bride and groom throughout each event. We had two-men horse costumes, a mermaid carried like a goddess with Jeroboams of rosé (because…. rosé all day and night), the groom dressed as Wonder Woman, traditional Greek plate smashing and so many more amazing surprises for the guests and the couple. The main events were captured by infamous photographer, Jean-Philippe Piter and videographers, Mint Cinematography.

The party kicked off with a catamaran outing where guests enjoyed an afternoon of exploring the island from the water. The relaxing first day turned into a rocking first night that only the St Barths legendary Le Ti can deliver. Guests experienced an evening of delicious food, outrageous costumes and dancing on tables that carried on well into the night.

In lieu of a traditional rehearsal dinner, Stav and Mark opted to offer guests a taste of a rosé-filled traditional St Barths lunch at La Plage restaurant, located on St Jean beach. With inflatable flamingos hanging from the ceiling, turquoise blue water, and all the beach toys you can dream of (did someone say fly-board?), their guests had enough to play all afternoon. At one point, the groom, his brother and several other close friends disappeared. Emerging moments later to a siren, all guests turned to see Mark dressed as Wonder Woman, accompanied by his brother as Super Man, and several others dressed in two-men horse costumes, carrying Jeroboams of Whispering Angel rosé and sparklers. The DJ turned on some “cheesy 80s music” at the request of the bride, and the party was once again cranked up. 

The wedding day started out blustery and threatening to rain. Stav got ready in her beautiful suite at Le Toiny hotel, where the ceremony and reception were to take place. Mark spent time with his brother and close friends at Le Christopher hotel, where the majority of guests stayed. The ceremony was held at the Le Toiny Gaïac restaurant overlooking the pool and the beautiful beach below. Local florist Bloomy, created the floral look around the restaurant to replicate the bride and groom’s vision of simple and sophistication. Stav, wearing Anne Barge, was not stressed at all. As she later told us, the most important elements about this day were to be marrying Mark and to be surrounded by their closest friends and family. To our luck, the weather held out despite the threatening sky throughout the day. World-traveling musician, Soley, played traditional Spanish guitar throughout their ceremony and into the cocktail while the sun set.

Later, guests were driven down to Le Toiny’s newly renovated beachfront location where the party kicked off, yet again with world famous DJ Philippe Paris. Under beautifully hung bistro lights and surrounded by the simple and elegant Moroccan themed décor, guests danced, ate and drank the night away. Stav, having changed into a gorgeous dress by J Mendel, and Mark sprinkled in surprises throughout the night, including fire dancers, a mermaid, and even more fabulous costumes…. In a nod to Stav’s Greek background, we had arranged traditional Greek plate smashing into a contained “smashing station” so that guests could continue to dance safely, toes in the sand. Le Toiny’s pastry chef created the ever-anticipated wedding cake made of… you guessed it: cookie cake.   

The couple hosted a final farewell lunch at the always animated Nikki Beach on Sunday to send their guests off with a “bang”. Our only questions are: when will they come back to play? And: can we come?

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We are launching our new St Barths wedding and event blog for the 2015/2016 season. Stay tuned for our first post in mid-November.

Xoxo, 

The Epic Presentations Team