A Vibrant Wedding in Jamaica Filled with Local Details

And more important: This beautiful bride planned the wedding and kicked cancer’s butt while doing it

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In August of 2016, Hayden Curtin and Jack Cates were spending a late summer weekend in Bridgehampton when Jack asked Hayden to join him to read in a hammock beneath a big cherry tree. “It was a weird question, but I followed him out to the hill overlooking Sagaponack Pond,” she recalls. As they got closer, Jack turned to Hayden and said, “I tricked you. I don’t want to read with you, I want to marry you!” “We quickly chose a wedding date, a church, and a reception venue,” says Hayden. But 10 days later, the bride was diagnosed with cancer, and in less than a month, she was in treatment. “I spent six months waiting for the treatment to work, all while planning a black-tie New York City wedding with my mom and Easton Events,” she says. As month seven came to an end, she was declared cancer-free, so Jack and Hayden headed to Jamaica to celebrate. “After one night on the island, we canceled our New York wedding and chose a new venue in Jamaica,”she says.

The couple’s vendors were thrilled to head to the West Indies instead of New York and worked to create a stunning wedding at the Tryall Club in Jamaica on December 2, 2017. “We wanted to make every one of our guests feel incredibly special, and creating that intimate feeling was so much easier at Tryall than in the Big Apple,” Hayden says. They played up local colors, highlighted handmade details, and created an intimate feeling for their 150 guests.

Photographed by Patricia Lyons, this celebration of life and love was a day the couple will never forget. Keep reading for the inspired details, and the even more inspiring story!

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Susannah Garrod created a series of whimsical illustrations to invite guests to Jamaica for the weekend. “We hired her to illustrate pieces for our New York wedding, and thankfully she hadn’t started on our project when we decided to get married on the beach instead,” says Hayden. The folded design featured the Jamaica seashore, with the Tryall Club front and center.

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Without a traditional bridal party, Hayden was able to spend the morning getting ready with her mom in peace... mostly. “After the year and a half we’d had, I was so glad it was just us and the makeup artists... and the hairstylists... and the fifty people coming in and out all day!” says the bride, laughing.

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The bride wore a custom Elizabeth Fillmore gown. A slim silhouette was topped with floral appliques and a cascade of hot pink orchids down the train. For the ceremony, the bride topped the strappy bodice with a matching boudoir jacket, and donned identical hot pink Manolo Blahnik heels.

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The couple posed for pre-ceremony portraits at old ruins nearby.

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In honor of loved ones who were departed, Jack and Hayden gave each guest the lyrics to Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” “We had the Harmony Steel Band play the song for us in lieu of a hymn,” Hayden says.

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Guests gathered at 4:30 p.m. for the ceremony, leaving plenty of time for cocktails before sunset. Crossback chairs flanked the aisle, which led to a low wall of greenery and pink blooms (matching the bride's dress!).

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The couple shared vows in front of the water before exiting hand-in-hand.

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After the ceremony, the newlyweds took a few minutes to enjoy their newly-married bliss.

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After the ceremony, Jack (in a light blue linen suit from Suit Supply) and Hayden took more pictures, during which the bride literally let her hair down.

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escort cards tied to hand-carved mahogany fish
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Each escort card was tied to a hand-carved mahogany fish made by local artisan Roy Shippy. “Collaborating with local artists was incredibly important to us,” Hayden says.

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The bride was thrilled to have Easton Events on board for the reception. “I love a great table setting!” she says. Tables were draped in Irish linen and topped with palm fronds and colorful orchids. Each place setting featured a woven charger, along with a printed napkin.

The Jamaican menu included conch fritters, sweet potato crab cakes, and pan-seared grouper with saffron beurre blanc. The night's signature drink was the “We Be”—a mix of ginger-infused Jamaican rum, soda water, lime, and a splash of Ting.

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Jack and Hayden’s wedding cake was a surprising flavor: Grape-Nut! The cereal is prominently featured in one of Jamaica’s most popular ice cream flavors, and Hayden is a huge fan, so they worked with their baker to get that flavor into a cake.

“It was amazing to watch all of the most important people in our lives have an awesome time together,” says Jack. “Even though they’d met just days before, it was like they’d known one another forever.”

Wedding Team

Wedding Planner: Easton Events

Venue: The Tryall Club

Bride's Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore

Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Hair: The Cutting Room

Makeup: Gourmet Makeup

Groom's Attire: Suit Supply

Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Michael Herman New York

Floral Design: Tai Flora Services, Ltd.

Paper Products: Pitbulls & Posies

Illustrations: Susannah Garrod

Catering: The Tryall Club

Cake: Cakes by Leann

Music: Élan Artists

Rentals: Pressed Fine Linens

Videography: Elite Media Concepts

Photography: Patricia Lyons Photography

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