Erin and Jeffrey, Harbour Island, Bahamas
Erin and Jeffrey
Erin Nichols's and Jeffrey Fields's paths first crossed in 2001 at a college football game in Florida. Three years later, he was living in New York City and working as a real estate broker, and she was moving there for an interior design job, and it felt more than coincidental. After six years of dating in the Big Apple, they wed on April 30, 2011, on Harbour Island, Bahamas. The chic, isle-style nuptials (they were barefoot at their ceremony) started with a beach party two days before to welcome guests for the weekend and ended with a big party by the pool at a trendy boutique hotel.
Their letterpressed invitation suite was designed by Mr. Boddington.
An accordion-folded booklet featured iconography to match the different events that would transpire over the weekend.
Erin and her family have been going to Harbor Island since she was a baby. When she got engaged, she knew the island and a recently reopened boutique hotel, Rock House, would be her wedding spot. The couple invited their nearest and dearest to experience the scenic locale firsthand. With its pink sand beaches, highly photographed Lone Tree, and Bahamian cuisine, they knew their guests would fall in love with it.
The Bridal Look
Event designer Michelle Rago, of Michelle Rago Destinations, created a bouquet of peonies to echo the texture of Erin's gown.
The groom's boutonniere featured a single Vanda orchid that was accented with a pair of turquoise beads.
The Bridal Party
Large shells lined the pathway to the ceremony site.
All in the Family
Erin's young nephews, Haver and Will, approach the ceremony.
The Ceremony Site
"We wanted something natural-looking that wouldn't take away from the beauty of the beach," says Erin of the ceremony structure. Michelle Rago used branches, shells, and small orchids to create a "driftwood" marker.
Erin was escorted down the aisle (and across the lush property) by her father, John Nichols.
The 6 p.m. ceremony was witnessed by 60 guests and was held just a few yards away from the water.
Portraits on the Beach
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds toasted with Champagne on the beach and posed for photographer Brian Dorsey.
Taking a Ride
Erin and Jeffrey drove a special golf cart to the reception.
The mix of round and long tables held mercury-glass vases filled with hot-pink peonies, aqua votive candleholders, and mercury-glass pedestals with pillar candles.
Guests dined on stone crabs, beet salad, and a surf and turf of lobster and filet mignon -- all prepared by Rock House.
The Sultans of Swing (a band based in Massachusetts) played "The More I See You" as the newlyweds took to the dance floor.
A Fun Surprise
Toward the end of the reception, a junkanoo band surprised guests. The traditional Bahamian music kept guests in the party mood.