Intimate Destination Wedding in Mustique

Much of the time the focus of wedding planning goes onto the details of the wedding day itself…the flowers, the cake, the favors. But today we’re featuring a wedding where the experience of the wedding became the priority. Olly and Duncan gave their guests an incredible gift: time together, and not only that, they spent their nuptial weekend celebrating in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Read on for more from the photographer and the bride.

“Olly’s family owns an amazing house called The Grasshopper on the stunning private island of Mustique. She’s been going there all her life and knows every rock, every bay, and all the locals. 

When Olly and Duncan emailed me asking if I was available to shoot their wedding celebration in Mustique I literally had to pinch myself! And after pinching myself I had to Google “Mustique.” It seriously was a wedding photographers dream come true to be flown to a private island in the Caribbean and to shoot the entire week with super fun, relaxed, beautiful people. What’s better than being surrounded by nature and stunning sea and having a personal house keeper who makes sure we are fed and watered? We met everyone upon arrival, and I knew we would have a great time together!

The young couple decided to fly over their closest friends and family and celebrate with style! There is a cute little church made out of bamboo which Olly thought would be perfect for their wedding ceremony, and the incredible beaches are great for BBQ parties too. 

We had a week full of entertainment and relaxation: beach lunches, hammock swinging, and a snorkeling day for all the wedding guests where we took a catamaran boat ride to the Tobago Keys and swam with turtles. 

Olly says: “I spent ages and ages and ages looking at photographers’ websites, getting recommendations from people, and researching until I found Ana Lui. She has an absolutely beautiful style – very soft yet vibrant. I love how Ana Lui captured the day; the pictures are almost dream like, and she didn’t miss a moment.”

I have asked Olly to write few tips for future Mustique brides!

1. ‘Vincy Black Cake’, which is the local specialty (fruit cake with a LOT of booze,) is the best cake for weddings, period.

2. Soft, light, and delicate wedding dresses are the best for tropics. I got mine from Amanda Wakeley’s shop in Chelsea, London.

3. Our best idea was to jump in the pool at midnight! Mustique is great for partying till the morning hours!

4. You need to know how to do your hair or fly someone with you, because there aren’t any hairdressers on the island!

5. Keep it local! Mustique and St. Lucia and Grenadines have so much to offer. Rum, music, fresh fish, BBQs and reefs filled with marine life! We organized a pre-wedding BBQ and farewell catamaran trip to Tabago Keys for our guests. It was simply amazing experience.”

Photography: Ana Lui Photography | Wedding Dress: Amanda Wakeley | Stationery: Printstore London | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Venue: The Grass Hopper | Earrings: Kiki McDonough

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02.03.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Price your services with confidence

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As artists, we want anything and everything we create to be the best because it is a reflection of who we are. Our creations can feel so personal that it can seem impossible to put a price on it.

The result, however, is more often than not that we discount our prices, over-deliver, and then wonder why we feel so overworked and underpaid?

It’s an experience floral designer Amy Osaba can relate too well. She’s sharing her experience with us here today on how she realized the importance of understanding her costs and pricing her services with confidence.

If you’re in a place where you are just keeping your head above water, financial coach Shanna Skidmore is also sharing 5 tips you can implement to avoid emotionally pricing your work (which usually looks like offering discounts too quickly and/or over-delivering on the design).


02.02.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Dreamy Pastel Engagement Session

The engagement period is such a special and fleeting time. It is full of joy, anticipation, and romance. We love how this session by Jemma Keech captures the beauty of the engagement season and the sincere connection of the couple. Read more from the bride below: 

“I have always wanted to shoot our engagement session in soft, dreamy pastel tones and in a romantic setting. I envisioned that it would take place in a open field of long, brown grass. I have been following Jemma’s beautiful work – her style of fine art photography fits the bill, and she showed us to the most gorgeous location in Swan Valley, Western Australia. The weather was perfect, and we were blessed with incredibly pretty light from a breathtaking sunset.

We wanted to look chic and elegant for the shoot, so we went with a smart casual look as well as something a little more formal. My white gown was Julie Vino-inspired and custom made by a young, talented Sydney-based designer, Mandy Heng. Mandy also kindly lent me her handmade peacock print skirt which danced so gracefully in the gentle breeze.”

Photographer: Jemma Keech | Gown: Custom gown by Mandy Heng | Skirt: Mandy Heng | Shoes: Seed Heritage

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02.02.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Top 3 Reasons to Buy Wedding Insurance


Is your big day protected? You and your fiancé have invested so much into your wedding day, and there is always a fear that something might go wrong. In those cases, you’ll find yourself surprised at how affordable it is to protect it with wedding insurance. Brides, meet WedSafe®.

Top 3 Reasons to Buy Wedding Insurance
1. You work hard for your money, and your parents work hard for their money. Protect those hard earned dollars against injuries, property damage, alcohol-related incidents, and cancellation or postponement.

2. Stress relief. At Wedsafe, we are your wedding insurance specialists, available to give some “peace of mind” to hundreds of thousands of brides and grooms just like you.

3. It’s so affordable, you’d almost be crazy not to. In the grand scheme of your wedding budget, insurance will come out to just a tiny percentage of the total. On average, wedding event insurance will cost you less than your wedding cake!

WedSafe® offers two wedding insurance products that can come to your wedding investments rescue:

Wedding Liability Insurance: Are you getting married at an unconventional venue like a park, museum, historic mansion or private estate? Some of these venues require couples to purchase wedding liability insurance. This coverage also protects you in the event of injuries, property damage or alcohol-related accidents.

Wedding Cancellation/Postponement Insurance: If circumstances beyond your control force you to postpone or cancel your wedding, this coverage provides reimbursement for losses and expenses, such as severe weather, sudden illness, no-show vendors, damage to attire, photos or gifts and more!

You wouldn’t drive around in your dream car without insurance, so why risk your dream wedding without it? WedSafe is affordable, easy and fast – get your quote today from the best wedding insurance company around.

WedSafe is brought to you by Aon plc (NYSE:AON) the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services.

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02.02.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog