"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

Twenty-five barefoot guests gathered near the newly raised landmark to witness John, 39, and Anne, 36, exchange vows. He wore a linen suit; she donned a custom ivory Margaret Spaeth gown with layers of silk organza dyed the same pale pink color as the beach's sand. As Anne's brother and nephew walked her down the conch-lined aisle, a full rainbow appeared behind the groom and the iconic tree. "Now whenever I see a rainbow, I think of our wedding," Anne says.

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