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?