Darcy and Rodney of Arlington, Va., were wedding pros well before they tied the knot in January 2007—she's a professional wedding planner, and he's a longtime wedding photographer. Always focused on other people's nuptials, Darcy was shocked when Rodney proposed during their August 2005 vacation in Grand Cayman. All that wedding expertise came in handy, however, when they began organizing their own affair. "We planned it together and had a blast," says Darcy. "Rodney is a visual person and I'm a detail person, so I think we complemented each other really well."
The pair chose a destination wedding on St. Croix, one of their favorite vacation spots, and used the island's vivid landscape for inspiration: Their wedding color palette consisted of fuchsia, orange and orchid green, and the ceremony site—the courtyard of Fort Christiansvaern, a stunning complex maintained by the National Park Service—boasted ocean views. For their reception, they transported their 28 guests to Clairmont Mill, a palatial former sugar mill located high in the St. Croix hills. The wedding ceremony capped off a three-day celebration, which included a family dinner at their favorite Italian restaurant on Thursday and a sunset catamaran sail and rehearsal dinner on Friday evening. Darcy said their goal was for their guests to completely relax, enjoy and indulge. "In some ways this was a chance for friends and family to see what we can do. I think we thought of everything, and they were just blown away." —Kathy Ehrich Dowd