"No ties!" proclaimed the invitation to this laid-back Bahamas celebration, where a couple from North Carolina exchanged vows on their favorite stretch of pale pink sand

Instead of cake, the couple served homemade chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. "We always rent the same house when we come to the island," says Anne. "My nephew and niece and my friend Heather came over that morning to help us bake."

Afterward, local band the Brilanders played everything from island tunes to Cee Lo Green. "Everyone was dancing in a conga line, even hotel staff!" she says. At one point, the couple and their guests gathered on the deck to check out the full moon. "The moon, the rainbow, the tree," says Anne. "Everything came together. It was as if nature was telling us to get married!"