The bride worked closely with wedding planner Ari Kotoski, of Jamaican Journeys, throughout the year-long planning process. "Vendors in the Caribbean tend to work on 'island time,'" says Sharon. "It's important to have someone who knows reputable vendors and who can be there in person to work out the details."

Though Ari was able to handle things island-side, some details fell squarely on Sharon's shoulders—like figuring out how to transport boxes of Tiffany blue and red lanterns, programs, and favors. "We decided to put everything in suitcases that traveled with us—a lot of suitcases," she says. It was well worth carrying a few additional pieces of luggage to avoid the worry and hassle of shipping such a large quantity of goods.