Erin Fetherston and Gabe Saporta's Romantic Pastel-Colored Vintage Destination Wedding in Barbados
Erin Fetherston and Gabe Saporta
Fashion designer Erin Fetherston met rock star Gabe Saporta at a red-carpet fashion gala in the fall of 2010. Sparks flew, and the pair began a fairy-tale romance that culminated in an engagement a year-and-a-half later, while they were vacationing in Barbados.
When they imagined their wedding, Erin and Gabe pictured a romantic, old-world setting. Together (and with a little help from us), they created just that, using the verdant woods of Barbados as their backdrop.
Erin looked to old storybook illustrations for invite inspiration.
The Bride's Blooms
"I knew it would be potentially controversial, but I encouraged a pastel dress code," Erin said. "In the end, the guests looked great—especially the men!"
A Sweet Announcement
Flower Girl Accessories
Vintage silk cherry blossoms and gold paper leaves bloomed on hair wreaths made for her pint-sized bridal attendants.
A ring bearer carried a sign that read, “Hip Hip Hooray” in gold lettering.
While Gabe didn't have official groomsmen, his close male friends and family wore boutonnieres made from local white larkspur, jasmine, and eucalyptus seedlings.
Ready for the Ceremony
Guests gathered pre-ceremony outside the stone walls of St. Nicholas Abbey, a 350-year-old rum distillery and the couple's venue.
A Twist On Tradition
"In a traditional Jewish ceremony, there are no vows," Erin says. "But we really wanted to say, 'I do.'"
Gabe ad libbed a bit. “The officiant asked, ‘Will you always love and cherish your wife?’ and Gabe said, ‘And I’ll always have your back and I’ll always protect you, and you’ll never be alone,’” said Erin.
As part of the couple’s Jewish ceremony, Erin circled her groom seven times.
Erin and Gabe strolled down the aisle post-ceremony to the a string quartet playing the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.”
Decked out in a pastel palette, the couple’s friends and family enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and pink-tinged Belaire Rare Rose.
Dark and Stormies and mojitos were a cocktail-hour nod to the venue's rum-steeped history.
Two of the bride’s cousins flanked photographer Ellen von Unwerth (camera in hand) during cocktail hour.
Welcome to the Jungle
The couple's wedding photographer, Nancy Neil, took photos of the stylish crowd as they gathered in the courtyard for champagne.
Unique Seating Cards
Escort cards were designed as old-fashioned dance cards; pencils, attached with ribbons, encouraged guests to schedule spins.
Ivy and grapevines cascaded down the walls of the reception tent. "It was amazing," Erin said. "I wanted to live in that tent forever!" Ranunculus, sahara and majolica spray roses, tulips, lisianthus, carnations, eucalyptus, jasmine, and peonies made up the centerpieces.
Guests sipped Champagne underneath gold paper-leaf chandeliers.
For the Little Ones
Spray-painted animal masks and drawing paper also provided dinnertime entertainment for the pint-sized bridal party.
The First Dance
The newlyweds adorably waltzed to “Someday My Prince Will Come” from Disney’s 1937 animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. "Taking a waltz lesson was a highlight of the planning," Erin said. "Gabe is such an elegant ballroom dancer. So princely!"
Erin and her dad took a spin (and shared a hug) on the dance floor.
Sugar cherry-blossom flowers adorned the four-tier coconut cake with coconut filling.
Patisserie Flindt also baked raspberry tartlets to round out the sweets table.
Photo Booth Fun
Guests squeezed into the photo booth, which was designed to look like a page from an antique storybook. Here, James Van Der Beek and his wife, Kimberly, stike a playfully dramatic pose.
Friends and family wrote their favorite Erin and Gabe stories in a book titled "Tales of the Past." Hopes for the new couple went in one labeled, "Wishes for the Future."
Favors with Flair
Attendees got a boozy to-go treat: local rum truffles in boxes paper-wrapped to look like book spines.
Location: St. Nicholas Abbey
Catering: Cin Cin By The Sea
Flowers and Event Design: Lewis Miller Design
Photography: Nancy Neil
Printing: Spark Letterpress
Calligraphy: Cheryl Tefft of Calligraphics
Cake, Desserts and Favors: Carsten Flindt of Patisserie Flindt
Hair: Stefani Padilla of Cabin 207
Transportation: Facilitator Unlimited
Lighting: DB Productions
Cocktail Napkins: ForYourParty
Parasols: Bella Umbrella
Ribbons: Mokuba New York
Book Binding Kits: Paper Source
Foil Transfer: Image Transfers
Gold Paper: Envelopments
Pencils: Graphite Pen & Pencil Company
Chandeliers: Timothy Oulton Chandeliers
Photobooth Backdrop Printing: Spoonflower
Eyelets: American Crafts Elements
Hotel: Coral Reef Club
Videography: Brendan Walter of Crush Management