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St Thomas weddings 2012 in review

A slide show of real destination weddings in St. Thomas.

Since we created a new website for our St Thomas destination weddings,  we have had so many request to post our year in review slide show.   I must admit I love it too.

So here it is one more time, a lot of St Thomas weddings and a few St John weddings, some secluded island  adventure weddings, catamaran weddings, cruise ship weddings and a couple of wedding renewals..
Weddings from bridal couples arriving via cruise ship and bridal couples staying at local hotels and villas.

Not all of our weddings are on it.  That would have been a marathon but a few that took our eye.

So take a look and if it gets you in the mood or you would like more information give us a call or start with the marriage requirements needed to have a St Thomas wedding and  get married here.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did creating it.

Ya know its a great life when you are doing something you love to do.  I think it shows here.

Please feel free to contact us for any questions (340) 643-4145 or email.

More St. Thomas wedding photography

Wedding pointers for your getting ready photography

Classic pose for a beautiful classic bride.

The wedding ceremony is not the only time a bride wants memories of a St Thomas beach wedding.

Getting ready for the ceremony, has always been a special time in a brides wedding day.

There is always the hair, make-up and dress but also  it is a time to reflect on the coming ceremony, share happy stories.

It use to be,  in earlier times, when the bride would be given advice from married women in the group of ladies helping her get ready.

Now usually  surrounded by family and special friends it is a brides time to shine and revel in the coming day festivities.

Below are a few pointers to make your wedding photography special.

Getting ready for wedding

A brides happy memories just before her St Thomas Beach Wedding

Here are a few tip to help you make the most of your getting ready photography.

Discuss with your photographer the images you would like to get before the big day.

Decide who you want with you in the process

Have an idea of what you would like the focus to be on.

  • Dress
  • Make up session
  • Hair
  • Shoes
  • brides maids
  • location of getting ready

Also decide on how far in the getting ready process you would like the photographer to start taking images.

  • While dress is on hanger.
  • While dress is being laced up
  • After dress is completely on

Try to make sure the area for the pictures session is free of clutter and has good light.

Allow the photographer to choose the images he or she thinks would work in addition to your suggestions.

Remember each photographer is an artist and if a professional will be able to steer you in the right direction.

Listen to their suggestions and let them have the lead on picking locations and light.


St Thomas Wedding Photographer getting ready image

Special time for bride just before the St Thomas wedding ceremony


By Deborah McDonald




Romantic Sapphire Bay Beach for a St Thomas wedding

A beautiful, romantic St Thomas wedding location.

These images of a recent wedding  is one of the reasons why Sapphire Beach and point is one of my favorite locations for a St Thomas wedding ceremony.

Not only do you have the rocks for great photography but also the sand, Sea Grape trees, Palm trees and the famous back drop of St John and the British Virgin Islands.

Of course it always help to have a great photographer to capture all the special memories.

St Thomas wedding location favorite Sapphire Beach

Enjoy the rocks, sand, palm trees and surf all in one location


Sapphire is a bit more private than some of the more popular beaches.

It does not have all the amenities of Megan’s Bay Beach.   But for a St Thomas wedding location the beauty of it is a photographers dream for scenery.

Weddings on St Thomas in the Virgin Islands

Celebrate with a romantic wedding ceremony followed with pictures on the sandy beach.


With the back drop of St John and the British Virgin Islands it truly is a tropical island scene.

St Thomas wedding location Sapphire beach

Perfect combination of Sand, water, palm and sea grape trees.

Giving you the choice of a more private ceremony location on the point and a sandy beach to do your wedding stroll on.

We highly recommend Sapphire Beach.

By Deborah McDonald



On St Thomas Virgin Islands a kiss is still a kiss

By Deborah McDonald

A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh. The fundamental things apply ..

Casablanca’ is over 70 years old and still holds a lot of romance.

I have taken the liberty to apply the Casablanca feelings and lyrics to our romantic Virgin Islands.

Here a few of our favorite kisses from Beach Weddings by Deb’s St Thomas weddings.

A kiss is just a kiss

What could be more romantic than to celebrate your love on a beach

love you more and more each day as time goes by

Oh! A kiss is still a kiss in St Thomas
But a kiss is not a kiss without your sigh


Seal your love with a romantic kiss while sailing the blue waters of the Virgin Islands


Please come back with me to St Thomas
I love you more and more each day as time goes by
Gazebo wedding ceremony on St Thomas

Not a fan of toes in the sand but want the romance of Paradise? How about a Gazebo over looking the water?

Oh! A kiss is still a kiss in Casablanca

But a kiss is not a kiss without your sigh and the sun and the surf.


A water Island wedding kiss

Pick a wedding location that fits in with your first kiss as husband and wife.

OK I admit.  I am a romantic to the core and believe that if you follow your heart and your love.  The rest will fall into place.


How to pick best time for wedding ceremony

Best time of day for beach ceremony?

For bridal couples varying factors often dictate, the time of their St Thomas wedding ceremony.

Those factors often times differ from what couples had in mind initially when dreaming of their wedding day.

The hardest thing to do is decide which factors are important enough to dictate your Beach wedding ceremony time.

Examples would be.

  • Venue, some locations have certain hours and days to hold wedding ceremony.
  • Wedding planners, some schedule several weddings a day and your time may or may not fall into one of those slotted times.
  • Photographer if a professional, will generally go with the sun and suggest to schedule time of event to give the best light.  If not a professional it won’t matter.


Best time of date for your wedding ceremony?

Decide which is important to you, photography, venue or time available for wedding planner.



So decide first, which of the three are the most important than schedule from there.

Remember this is your day!

By Deborah McDonald



Best time of year for a St Thomas Wedding?

Any time is the best time to have a St Thomas wedding.

By Deborah McDonald

Well, that is if you don’t have to worry about budgets, guest vacations, school schedules, weather.

To be honest, I love St Thomas and the all of the Virgin Islands but as much as I would like to be a Polly Anna and say all year is great.

That is just not the case.

The average bridal couple generally has two work schedules to contend with along with family and a wedding budget.

Beach wedding cruise ship destination wedding date

Being flexible when scheduling your wedding will go a long way, when date falls within the low season for a St Thomas wedding

That is why it pays to do some research and  find out about cruise ship rates, air line rates and hotel rates during different times of the year.

Before setting your wedding date.

While checking  remember that  the lower rates apply for a reason.

The travel blogs will tell you there are two seasons for the U S Virgin Islands.

  • High Season  starts December and ends to mid April
  • Low Season starts April and runs to end of November.

What they don’t say, the time between April and start of July offer a great time for holding a St Thomas Wedding.

Rates are generally lower, weather is not the tropical heat of summer yet and the threat of hurricanes is less than July through November.

So to sum it up only you know what your circumstances are when planning a St Thomas wedding.

The Middle of low season maybe the only time you can get away, chances are your wedding will go off without any issues.

We , at Beach Weddings by Deb have never had a wedding canceled to date due to weather, or been rained out.  Only Mother Nature can determine what your out come will be for your wedding day.

But we can help her along with our flexible scheduling.  We only do one wedding a day.

That way if a passing shower holds up the ceremony you won’t be hurried down the aisle in the rain because  the next bride is waiting in the taxi.

St Thomas beach weddings

Rose petal aisle, sun, surf and good friends make for a prefect wedding day



How quick can I get married?

What is the length of Time needed to plan a St Thomas wedding?

Sapphire Pretty Clip point on St Thomas

8 days when applying for marriage license. That is all that is needed when in a squeeze for time. We can do the rest.

We get that question every day and for each couple it is a different answer based on their plans and circumstances.

The U S Virgin Islands request to have the marriage documents 8 days prior to the ceremony.  How ever we have done it in less time if in the military or under extenuating circumstances.

Most cruise ship companies require 30 to 90 days, so 8 days is a really nice bonus when in a hurry.

As a wedding planner since we only take 3 wedding a week and one a day, we  have the added advantage of extra time for planning an impromptu wedding ceremony.

We also have the history of working with  great vendors that will go the extra mile to help when needed.

Now if you are planning on having several guest with you the obligation giving them notice for a destination wedding is totally different.

But if you want a quick elopement in paradise with or with out guest call us.

We understand that scheduling for life changes is not always an option and sometimes long term planning is out the window.

Elopement planning is our specialty

Planning your life is not always easy. Neither is planning events to fit into your life.
Some times you just need the help to get things done in a hurry. We can do it!

By Deborah McDonald

Steel pan created in the Caribbean heard world wide.

Make your destination wedding a true tropical experience, Steel Pan music.

Did you know that the Steel pan was created in the Caribbean and one of the most popular instruments for wedding ceremonies and receptions?

Portable, the steel pan can be played on beaches, boats, reception venues and villas.

St Thomas wedding music

Andrew one of our Steel pan players

Here is a bit of history and the sounds of the Steel pan.



Experience a true tropical wedding and reception with the caribbean music of the steel pan.

Call for information

Bridal Bouquet ideas for a Beach Wedding

Your selection of color and flowers is huge when having a Beach Wedding on St Thomas.

It is your wedding and your choice of so many colors and flowers.

These are just a few to get you started.

Bridal Bouquet

White bridal bouquet with a hint of color prefect for a beach wedding

Blue and white bridal bouquet

White bridal bouquet with Accents of blue. Tropical blue for a St Thomas wedding

Bridal bouquet from Beach Weddings by Deb package

Sea shells added to a bridal bouquet set the theme for a beach wedding on St Thomas


Visit us on Pinterest for a larger selection of ideas.









Plan a day trip to St John after your St Thomas wedding

By Deborah McDonald

St John’s Gibney Beach in the United States Virgin Islands

Just a bit of eye candy to begin your weekend on.

http://www.stjohnbeachguide.com/Beaches.htm a great resource when planning a day trip after your St Thomas wedding.


Beach Wedding location Gibney Beach St John

Plan a day trip to St John after your St Thomas wedding and visit Gibney Beach.


Give us a call if you need more information about St John or a St Thomas wedding locations.

Photo by Gary Felton viweddingphoto.com your Beach Weddings by Deb photographer.


Honey Moon Beach Water Island

By Deborah McDonald

When looking for a St Thomas wedding location don’t forget about Water Island and Honey Moon beach.

If you have ever heard a Jimmy Buffet song and liked it.   You will love Water Island and Honey Moon Beach.

When asked to describe it the words, quaint, pretty, relaxing, friendly, happy, sandy, beachy, pretty and welcoming, all come to mind.

Honey Moon on Water Island is the type of beach that locals like to frequent and often do on Sunday after noons.

It becomes dingy town with all of the boating cruisers that stop of to enjoy a few hours of beach, good food and friendly atmosphere.

Not an easy location to get to for many tourist and that maybe why it keeps it charm.   A ferry leaves at scheduled intervals from Crown Bay Marina and drops Water Island residents and visitors off at the public dock.

It is then a short walk to the Honey Moon beach.

Unless of course you have a wedding planner that can arrange that guest are dropped off right at the beach with a return trip back to St Thomas after the ceremony and reception.

Try Honey Moon beach when looking for a St Thomas wedding

Just a short distance from cruise ship docks and Honey Moon beach makes for a beautiful wedding ceremony location

We can pretty much describe Honey Moon as a formal or informal wedding location.

Want a sit down dinner served at one of the local villa’s or a BBQ served right on the beach?  Your options  are only limited to your budget and imagination.

Arrive via Catamaran, have a ceremony on the beach and reception on the catamaran another favorite of the bridal couples.

For couples that yearn for that famous Caribbean sun set, Honey Moon can deliver.

Water Island and Honey Moon beach for a cruise ship  wedding

Sun set weddings are an option not every beach can deliver. When looking for a St Thomas wedding location look to the West and Honey Moon beach Water Island.


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