In 2009, Elizabeth Wilks was sitting on Santa's lap at a Christmas festival in New Orleans when her longtime love, Colin Van Dervort, got down on one knee and popped the question. Liz said yes, jolly old St. Nick teared up, and Colin was overjoyed.
Soon it was time to set a date, and the couple began to feel overwhelmed. They heard that Martha Stewart Weddings and Sandals Resorts were holding a contest with an incredible prize: an all-expenses-paid wedding at Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas.
Two months later they found out they were finalists. And then, live on the Martha Stewart Show, they found out they'd won.
Here, Elizabeth and Colin share a moment at the water's edge. "The ocean was my 'something blue,'" says the bride. Her Badgley Mischka gown and his custom suit are from Kleinfeld.
Included in the Sandals Grand Romance Package: Save-the-dates, invitations, ceremony arbor and flowers, bride's bouquet, groom's boutonniere, ring pillow, reception tent with chandelier, table and cushioned chairs, chair decor for bride and groom, place settings, place cards, menus, table numbers, centerpieces, catering, cake or cupcakes, cake topper, candy buffet, specialty cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, boxed candy favors, confetti
Optional Add-Ons to the Grand Romance Package: Champagne flutes from Martha Stewart Collection with Wedgwood and cake knife from Reed & Barton
Invitations: Martha Stewart Stationery for Crane & Co.
Printing for Menu, Place Cards, Guest Cards & Table Numbers: Print Icon
Calligraphy: John DeCollibus of Beyond Words
Gown: Badgley Mischka from Kleinfeld
Bride's Accessories: Toni Federici (veil); Jennifer Miller (earrings); Bride's Head Revisited (hair flower); Martinez Valero from Perfect Details (shoes)
Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew
Bidesmaids' Earrings: Dessy
Menswear: Kleinfeld Men (groom's suit); J.Crew Groom's Wedding Band: Kwiat
Hair: Jerami Brown for Paul Labrecque Salon
Makeup: Daisy Schwartzberg for Paul Labrecque Salon
Custom Photo Backdrop: Spoonflower
Pewter Trays & Compotes: Match
Noisemakers: Rothco (bugle); PartySuppliesHut.com (mini tambourines); ShindigZ (metal whistles)
Postage Stamps: Champion Stamps
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