While we’re all staying safe at home during quarantine, we here at TPS wanted to provide some much-needed #PostQuarantineGoals wedding content for you to dream about. Today we’re sharing Lindsay and Long’s wedding story; the couple had the most beautiful, dreamy and intimate wedding in St. Barth’s, and we hope you love it as much as we do!
How did you meet and what do you do for work?
I am a wedding and events planner based on Los Angeles, specializing in international and domestic destination weddings. I started my own business, L. Scott Events, in February 2018. Long, my husband, works in creative advertising at Amazon Prime Video as a Brand Strategist, managing marketing campaigns for Amazon Original Series. Long and I met the first day I moved to Los Angeles in September 2012. He was roommates with a good friend of mine from Connecticut, they invited me over for dinner, and the rest is history. Long and I started dating the next day!
Where did you get married? Why did you pick this venue, and was there any significance to the location?
We got married in St. Barth’s in the French West Indies, and our reception was at one of our favorite restaurants in the world, Bonito. This island has always been a special destination for my family, as they’ve been coming here for decades. Long proposed to me on the island during a sunset catamaran cruise the year before, and we knew we had to come back to make it official!
How did you make your wedding about you? Did you have a theme, color scheme, or particular wedding style. Did you use a wedding planner?
The aesthetic in our wedding venue, Bonito, is stunning with beautiful blues and whites. We wanted to keep the design for this night clean and elegant, so we opted for all white flowers with small pops of bright yellow. We had lots of different votive candles on the dinner tables as well. Long and I couldn’t be happier that we had our reception at Bonito, as the space was perfect. It was intimate enough so that everyone remained close and engaged all night, and you simply cannot beat the view of the harbor. We opted for bright lights on the dancefloor to create an unforgettable environment where our friends and family could let loose.
For wedding planning, we worked with Karine Bensa, owner of DK Events, based in St. Barth’s. She was phenomenal, and we couldn’t have executed our wedding without her.
Was your invitation design something unique or special?
Our save-the-dates and invitations were custom made by Cait Designs Co based out of New York. She hand illustrated our custom suite, which featured native flora and fauna to St Barth’s. We kept everything relatively simple in a green and blue color palette tied together with raffia.
Who designed your dress and what was the style?
This was the most difficult part of my wedding planning experience. I wanted to find something completely different and original but also something that worked well and made sense for the Caribbean. I’m only 5’1, so finding a dress was quite difficult. Everything I tried just didn’t feel right; it was either too formal, too casual, or not special enough. I searched high and low in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Then on December 1st I found my two-piece Rime Arodaky dress. When I tried it on, I knew it was right, and I bought it on the spot!
Did you have any jewelry/hair accessories like a veil or tiara?
I wanted to keep things simple, so I went without a veil or tiara. My mother had a custom pair of coin pearl and gold drop earrings made for me by one of her vendors, Adeli Jewelry.
And what about your shoes?
I purchased a pair of gold sparkly Aquazzura platforms. I opted for something more fun, as my dress largely concealed my shoes. I loved my wedding shoes, and I still wear them all the time!
What hair and makeup style did you decide on?
I kept my hair and makeup simple for the wedding day, as I wanted to feel like myself. I worked with a local hair (Brianne Smith) and makeup artist (Idalmi St. Barth), who were both excellent.
What did the groom wear?
For the wedding, Long wore a custom suit by ShayQ Bespoke, Gucci Jordaan loafers, and his grandfather’s vintage Rolex (a gift from his father). For his suit, he knew he wanted it French blue with a fabric similar to linen in weight and texture, but with none of the wrinkling and fragility that comes with linen. Working with Shay, he found a fabric and color that worked perfectly, and he incorporated some tropical vibes with a bright pink liner and subtle pink stitching. I also worked with Shay to create a hidden message stitched under the suit’s collar, which included the date we first met, the date of our wedding, and the island of St Barth’s. It was a truly special touch.
Did you have bridesmaids?
My sister was my maid of honor, and she wore a beautiful gold dress by Fleur Du Mal. My mom wore an Oscar De La Renta ikat dress that had pops of yellow. They matched perfectly. I didn’t have any other bridesmaids on my wedding day. We wanted the ceremony to be intimate and only involving our family.
Did you have any individual or special touches for your ceremony? What was your favorite part of the ceremony?
We kept our ceremony short and sweet and let the incredible historic church on the harbor of Gustavia do the work for us! My favorite, unforgettable moment was walking into the church and down the aisle with my father. I still cry watching videos of it.
What kind of flowers did you decide to use for you bouquets and centerpieces?
We worked with Bloomy St. Barth’s (now B.Flora) for both of our wedding events. We tried to use as many tropical flowers native to the island as we could.
Who did you use to photograph your wedding?
We worked with Hugo Allard who lives on the island. I had worked with Hugo on a photo shoot in 2018 and absolutely love him. His photos are beautiful, and it was very important to me that I work with local vendors.
Tell us how you chose your cake and design.
Our cake was a complete surprise! We weren’t planning on having a cake, but Bonito surprised us with a huge cake full of sparklers. It was such a fun moment.
Who did your catering and how did you choose this particular company?
Bonito, the restaurant that hosted our reception, handled everything from the menus to the food. They are extremely talented, and the food was absolutely incredible. We served our first course family style, and our second course was tableside choice between filet and mahi mahi.
Did you have a DJ or a band, a string quartet, jazz band, Mariachis?
We had a string quartet for our wedding ceremony but wanted to turn up the energy for our reception. We flew our good friend, Matt Winter, from NYC to DJ both of our wedding events. It was so much fun having someone we, and our guests, knew well handling the music the entire weekend.
What songs did you play at your wedding?
We had a string quartet for our ceremony. Our families walked down the aisle to “Halo” by Beyonce. I walked down the aisle to the beginning of “1812 Overature” by Tchaikovsky. We chose a more fun song for our recessional, “Is This Love” by Bob Marley.
Did you do anything unexpected for your guest?
During our events, we had a live crepe station for dessert and a cigar bar for those who wanted to partake! The cigar bar included custom matchbooks our guests could take home. We also provided tons of Polaroid and disposable cameras for guests to take pictures with throughout the weekend. The photos we got from this were unbelievable, and we’ll cherish them forever. Long’s family has a parody song writing tradition, and they performed a rendition of Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” in front of all the attendees. It was one of the most fun wedding toasts we’ve ever seen.
Where are you going / did you go on honeymoon?
We decided to travel to the Eastern Mediterranean for our honeymoon. We started in Beirut, Lebanon, where my family is from, staying at the Four Seasons with the help of KK Travel Worldwide. Then we flew to Santorini, Greece for a few days, staying at Aenaon Villas. The view of the caldera was spectacular. We ended our trip in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The old city is a time capsule to the 15th century, and it was such a cool experience navigating the narrow, labyrinthian streets.
Credits: Planning: DK Events (@dkeventssbh) // Photography: Hugo Allard (@Hugoallard) // DJ: Matt Winter (@MattwinterDJ) // Wedding Venue: Bonito (@bonitostbarth) // Hair: Brianne Smith (@hairsbh) // Makeup: Idalmi (@idalmistbarth) // Paper: Cait Designs Co (@Caitdesignsco) // Lighting: Eric Masson // Transportation: Island Caribbean Discovery // Dress: Rime Arodaky (@rimearodaky) purchased at Loho Bride (@loho_bride) // Ceremony Music: Ombeline Collin (@ombeline_violin) // Church: St. Bartholomew’s // Florist: Bloomy (@b_floralevents) // Wedding Rings: Carat Time (@Carat_stbarth) // Table Linens: Indigo By Boutin (@indigobyboutin) – // Event Venue II: Tamarin (@tamarinstbarth) // KK Travels Worldwide: (@KKtravelsworldwide)