After thousands of votes from readers like you, this year's Brides Live Wedding went off without a hitch! Our winning couple, Katie and Sean, were chosen out of hundreds of couples vying for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration and received an all-expense paid destination wedding at Sandal's Whitehouse European Village & Spa in Jamaica. The catch, though, was that they had to give up all control over the wedding and let you plan everything — from our bride's dress to the décor and cake.
The Tropical Twist-themed bash — an elevated, fresh take on a classic island aesthetic — came together beautifully. With a lush ceremony arch made up of monstero leaves, and white phalaenopsis and dendrobium orchids, it was hard not to fall hard for that ceremony set-up. Not to mention the masterful mix of mahogany, a variety of coral blooms, and deep green monster leaves filling up the reception space. "Those floral center pieces were to die for," bride Katie noted. "They were so full and bright and amazing!
Sitting at the reception, it was all just so beautiful."
"The night went magically," the groom Sean said. "The reception was flawlessly beautiful, the tears were flowing, the smiles were the biggest I've ever seen, and I was so enthralled with by the picturesque location. It was difficult not to take time out and savor that night."
To find out how all of the details you selected came together, click through to see all of the photos from this year's Brides Live Wedding!
Our bride's romantic big-day beauty look was crafted by Mary Kay's own global makeup artist Luis Casco.
Gartner Studios provided graphic invites and menu cards in the color scheme with modern typography — the perfect contrast to rest of the wedding's more tropical elements!
The groomsmen share a toast to the bride and groom!
Tai Flora's ceremony arch — made up of monstero leaves, and cascading white phalaenopsis and dendrobium orchids — definitely stole the show.
The bride and groom's wedding rings.
Guests were handed pineapple-adorned pouches filled with petals to throw at the newly-minted husband and wife.
Julie Sabatino of The Stylish Bride helped Katie select her wedding-day accessories.
Sabatino also provided Katie's bridesmaids with some big-day jewels.
They make a gorgeous couple, don't they?
Katie's bouquet, designed by local florist Tai Flora, was a tropical blend of blush roses, white peonies, peach lilies, and pink orchids.
The bridesmaids fit right in with their coral "Jordan" dresses from Gather & Gown.
How adorable is the flower girl and ring bearer?
Katie and Sean exchange vows underneath the lush arch.
Katie and Sean share their first kiss!
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Swetnam!
Katie's tiered lace Melissa Sweet dress from David's Bridal was the perfect choice for her wedding's beach-chic vibe.
Groom Sean looked sharp in his tan Pronto Uomo suit from Men's Wearhouse.
The escort card table was decorated by Tai Floral with two traditional Jamaican Market Hamper Baskets filled with flowers and local fruit; a mahogany wooden box with Coconuts, fresh pineapples, mangoes, sea grapes, and papaya; and flowers to match the centerpieces.
To complement the mahogany tables and chairs, Tai Flora filled the centerpieces with shades of coral blooms, including Pin Cushions, phalaenopsis orchids, cymbidum orchirds, king protea, amaryllis and peonies set on top of monster leaves.
It's all in the details: even Katie and Sean's coasters blended modern typography with tropical colors.
Brides Live Wedding host Chelsea Briggs is super excited that Katie and Sean finally said "I do!"
It wouldn't be a Jamaican wedding without a steel drum band!
The only thing making this signature cocktail look even more appetizing is the gold ampersand-dotted stirrer and monogrammed napkin to go along with it.
Isn't this place setting — complete with an ombré menu, wicker placemat, and gold calligraphed leaf escort card — insanely cool?
Carlo's Bakery, of TLC's Cake Boss, designed this three-tier fondant beauty with hibiscus sugar flowers.
The perfect way to light up the reception? With an overflow of modern white Chinese lanterns.
Brass lanterns topped with a bundle of flowers helped create an intimate ambience.
Table numbers were placed in shimmering seashell frames.
The bride and groom's beach-ready ensembles, sun-kissed smiles, and hibiscus-dotted cake make this moment even more picture perfect.