Wedding: Walette & Anthony - Bella Vista, Bermuda

I had a great time photographing Walette and Anthony’s wedding “up country”.  If you’re from Bermuda, then you know that the saying “up country” refers to those traveling “up to” Somerset and “down country” refers to those traveling “down to” St. George’s.  This wedding was pure Somerset and it was spectacular!  The two were married at St. Joseph's Church, had their portraits taken at Fort Scaur, and their reception was at Bella Vista Bar & Grill, which is on Port Royal Golf Course in Sandys Parish. The bride, her family, and bridesmaids got ready at Walette's family homestead, also in Sandys.  Once hair and make-up were complete, Walette got into her gown, which boasted beautiful bead work!  

The ceremony took place at St. Joseph’s Church and upon arriving, a number of folks from the neighborhood gathered at the entrance to say "best wishes" to the bride.  St. Joseph's church is the oldest Catholic Church in Bermuda and the interior is lined with hand carved Bermuda cedar; a stunning backdrop for a wedding ceremony!  One by one, the bridesmaids entered the church and walked down the aisle, which was carefully lined with Ferns and Baby's-breath and the walkway was adorned with rose petals thrown by the flower girls.

After the two said their vows and exchanged their rings, it was time for portraits at Ft. Scaur!  Shortly after, we headed over to Bella Vista Bar & Grill, which is located on the Port Royal Golf Course.  This quaint venue offers stunning views of the golf course and the ocean!  With a bridal party of fifteen people, the expansive view allowed for a creative approach to the group shots.

With the start of the reception, the bride and groom greeted their guests and sat down for dinner and speeches. Hand painted signs were propped up around the dining area with quotes; one reading "I am my beloved and my beloved is mine".   Between the cake-cutting, bouquet toss, and garter toss, the DJ turned up the music and shortly after, a full blown dance party and conga line broke out!  At the end of the evening, each guest took home a little bag of ceder shavings; a fun Bermudian wedding favor tradition.