Finding the perfect wedding location is a lot like falling in love: For some, it’s a long, careful process, others know instantly. When Sarah O’Connor and Nathan Cordery arrived at Four Seasons Resort Nevis, it was love at first sight. The two were visiting for a baptism, and after a few Killer Bee rum punches and dinner at Mango, the Resort’s waterfront restaurant, the decision was confirmed: This was where they would wed. “Four Seasons Nevis was perfect,” says Sarah. “We loved the feel of Mango and its open-air dining with the ocean practically lapping at our feet.” Once home, the pair tweeted at the Resort about their intentions to marry there, and wedding plans were soon set in motion.
The Scene: The formal yet relaxed celebration echoed both Nevis’ remote location and the Resort’s elegance. “We wanted the style of our wedding to reflect the location,” says Sarah. “The inspiration was a modern-day Jay Gatsby entertaining pirates—a nautical black tie.” Shades of blue mimicked the tones of the Caribbean Sea, and nautical details—such as a British naval map of Nevis, which served as the guest book—were woven throughout as a nod to Sarah’s love of sailing. Simple clusters of blue and white hydrangeas decorated reception tables to complement rather than compete with the staggering scenery, but the most remarkable design detail came in the tables themselves: Each featured a handcrafted shadow box filled with sand, shells, coral and twinkling lights. “It looked like the beach and ocean were right under our plates,” says Sarah.
Magical Moment: “Even though we spent months planning the scene, walking into Mango with the sun starting to set and seeing the tables with the flowers and candles was breathtaking,” says Sarah. “Dinner on the ocean with the sun setting in the background was something we couldn’t have experienced anywhere else.”
The Bride and Groom: It all started with a tweet. Sarah and Nathan, virtual strangers who had mutual Twitter followers, engaged in a heated discussion about using a valet to park your car at the gym. Sarah was a fan. Nate was not. From there, Sarah and Nate continued to debate a range of topics, and months of tweeting led to texting, which naturally resulted in a real, face-to-face date. “After just five months, we were both confident we wanted to share chicken wings and Nevisian sunsets with each other for the rest of our lives,” says Sarah. “The chemistry was there from the beginning.”
The Bride Wore: Sarah paired her classic satin mermaid gown by Justin Alexander with a lace cape by Pronovias, which added a bit of Old Hollywood–inspired flair to her ensemble. Opting for a retro topknot, Sarah capped off the look with a saucer-shaped fascinator designed by Blair Nadeau.
A Personal Touch: Since it was too difficult for Sarah’s 98-year-old grandfather to attend the wedding, he surprised the couple with a video message that was played at the reception. “Sending us his love was so special, since it was too far for him to travel,” says Sarah. As a way to give back to the Island of Nevis, the bride and groom adopted two sea turtles, Caribelle and Banjo. Certificates of adoption were placed in each guest’s welcome bag, along with Killer Bee rum punch, which was bottled by the owner of Sunshine’s Beach Bar & Grill, a nearby bar where Sarah and Nathan hosted their welcome party.
Photography Janice Yi, Janice Yi Photography