A Beach-Inspired Destination Wedding at Grand Palladium Resort & Spa in Lucea, Jamaica


                                                            As soon as Tanya Rivard (30 and a tap-dance teacher) and Travis Knights (31 and a tap da

As soon as Tanya Rivard (30 and a tap-dance teacher) and Travis Knights (31 and a tap dancer) thought of having a destination wedding, both of their mothers suggested Jamaica. Tanya and Travis love to travel, so they brought their family and friends to a gorgeous beach resort? They hosted an intimate celebration at the Grand Palladium Resort & Spa in Lucea, Jamaica, and said “I do” in an elegant, open area complete with classic white columns. Since Tanya has always loved collecting seashells at the beach, she and the bridesmaids made DIY seashell bouquets and boutonnieres—perfect details for a wedding just steps from the beach. “It was tricky,” Tanya says of their DIY efforts. “We had to figure it out as we went, but they turned out beautifully.” After exchanging vows in a covered ceremony, the newlyweds sneaked away for a little R&R, including much-needed massages. “That was the best choice we made," Tanya says. "It allowed us to stay out of the sun and just relax together.” Another detail we loved? Tanya and Travis asked their guests to write messages and place them in various bottles, for the couple read on their first, 10th and 25th anniversaries. As the night came to a close, the newlyweds gave their guests a home blend of bottled spices and thanked everyone in a heartfelt candle ceremony. See the pretty details, captured by the talented Alixandra Gould Photography, below.

Destination Beach Wedding in Jamaica
Travis stood apart from his groomsmen in a white seashell boutonniere, which popped against his custom red suit.
Inspired by her love of collecting seashells on the beach, Tanya's bridesmaids made their own DIY seashell bouquets.
Tanya wore the Cynthia wedding dress by Maggie Sottero with embellished details along the V-neckline and a chapel train.
Tanya ordered the cobalt blue convertible bridesmaids dresses on Etsy. The women customized the one-size-fits-all wrap into five styles for maximum comfort.
White Pomander Ring Pillow
The groomsmen wore blue suits with DIY seashell boutonnieres for a formal take on a beach wedding look.
Tanya and Travis said “I do” in the Angel’s Atrium at the Grand Palladium Resort & Spa in Lucea, Jamaica. The shaded, open-air spot with white columns and marble floors was just steps from the beach (and the spa).
Tanya's hairstyle was romantic and elegant. She wore a bun with soft curls in her hair with a crystal accessory to add some sparkle.
Anniversary Message-in-a-Bottle Guest Book
Beach Destination Wedding Seashell Centerpieces
Beach-Inspired Place Setting at Destination Wedding
DIY Homemade Spices Wedding Favors
Travis had his three-piece suit and shirt custom made by designer Don Fabien Lee at Trend Custom Tailors. (He had twice as many fittings as Tanya!) The details made the look: floral print inside the cuffs and collar, and his signature embroidered on the inside breast pocket.