When a hurricane hit the Cayman Islands five months before Andrea and Philip's April wedding and nearly destroyed their initial venue, the couple was nervous about what that would mean for their big day. But with the help of their island-based wedding planner, Joanne Brown of Celebrations Ltd., they quickly chose a new location—the Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa—and had the elegant Caribbean-theme wedding they always dreamed about.

The beach-loving Virgina-based couple chose a destination wedding that would allow their 100 guests—many of whom traveled from Australia and Scotland—to incorporate a vacation into their travels. Pale yellow and sage dominated the nuptials, and sea-inspired details—including menu cards decorated with tiny starfish, seashell boutonnieres and a surf and turf menu featuring lobster and filet mignon—set the sophisticated island tone.

Andrea and Philip in Cayman Islands

A couple blends laid-back island charm with traditional elegance

When a hurricane hit the Cayman Islands five months before Andrea and Philip's April wedding and nearly destroyed their initial venue, the couple was nervous about what that would mean for their big day. But with the help of their island-based wedding planner, Joanne Brown of Celebrations Ltd., they quickly chose a new location—the Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa—and had the elegant Caribbean-theme wedding they always dreamed about.

The beach-loving Virgina-based couple chose a destination wedding that would allow their 100 guests—many of whom traveled from Australia and Scotland—to incorporate a vacation into their travels. Pale yellow and sage dominated the nuptials, and sea-inspired details—including menu cards decorated with tiny starfish, seashell boutonnieres and a surf and turf menu featuring lobster and filet mignon—set the sophisticated island tone.

Andrea chose this Angel Sanchez dress because she felt the rippled edges of the dress panels mirrored the ocean waves and the overall theme of the wedding. "It felt very flowy," she explains. Her bridesmaids wore coordinating celery-colored dresses by Charsa.

Brides: Andrea Simkins
Groom: Philip Watt
Location: Cayman Islands