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Jennifer & Kyle


The beautiful bride integrated the island style of Turks and Caicos in a breathtaking destination wedding

The beautiful bride integrated the island style of Turks and Caicos in a breathtaking destination wedding

Photography by Ileana Ravasio of Brilliant Photography

Jennifer May met Kyle Guidry by chance at an island-inspired apparel store in The Woodlands. Precisely four years later, the  couple married on Grace Bay Beach at the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos. Initially envisioned as a simple sand and surf ceremony, the wedding evolved into an elegant, sophisticated and perfectly appointed sunset celebration for two people deeply in love.

FIRST DATE AND COURTSHIP

Both Jennifer and Kyle describe their meeting at Tommy Bahamas as a “first date” and the beginning of their romance. Jennifer is the senior director of QHSE at Hercules Offshore in Houston, and Kyle is the senior materials manager at Baker Hughes in Houston, but amid the demands of their careers they found time for travel and adventures.

Over the course of their courtship they traveled to Punta Mita, Mexico and Placencia, Belize, and also vacationed at Canyon Lake. The couple flew to Carmel, Indiana to introduce Kyle to Jennifer’s family, and visited Jennifer’s godmother in Florida (she and Kyle bonded over ice cream at Scoops). They became fans of Mutton Bustin’ at their very first Houston Rodeo and enjoyed music at Austin City Limits on their first Valentine’s Day. The couple also attended a Texans vs. Colts game in Reliant Stadium, a Purdue vs. Rice football game, and an Astros game in the Crawford Box. Both Jennifer and Kyle are fans of the arts and enjoyed performances by Cirque du Soleil “Alegria,” Theater Under The Stars Broadway shows “Rent” and “Chicago”, and many concerts at Toyota Center and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. They also expanded their culinary skills by enrolling in cooking classes at Hubbell & Hudson.

THE PROPOSAL

Among all those activities, Jennifer says she had always wanted to go ice skating with Kyle, but he had never ice skated before and always declined. Inexplicably, one day he took her to The Rink in The Woodlands. Little did she know the special treat foreshadowed what was to come.

A couple of days later — exactly one year after their first encounter — Kyle asked Jennifer to be ready for a 6 p.m. reservation at the location where it all began… Tommy Bahamas! They enjoyed a romantic dinner and reminisced about their life together. Jennifer thought it was odd that Kyle was wearing a sport coat, but it suddenly made sense when he pulled a blue Tiffany & Co. box out of his jacket pocket. Inside was the most beautiful diamond ring she had ever seen.

“The hostesses were so excited for us!” says Jennifer. Kyle had gone in person earlier that week to arrange it all and impressed the staff with his sweet, romantic gesture. “Now I understood why we had special flowers on our table and big smiles from everyone when we checked in for our reservation,” Jennifer adds. She began to cry, and it was official: they were getting married! “Now that I look back at our ice skating adventure, I realize he planned all along to do this one special thing the same week he proposed.”

They celebrated their engagement at Crush with a special dessert from the chef while seated on the rooftop around the fire, and began to plan their wedding. It was also no coincidence that Kyle wanted to get married on the four-year anniversary of the day they first met.

THE WEDDING

They planned to be married on a beach in a low-key ceremony with just the two of them in attendance — a pre-planned and very private dash to the Caribbean. After Jennifer found an exquisite gown, the wedding planning evolved as she integrated her vision of luxury with the island style of Turks and Caicos.

Style: A love of the ocean, travel, wide-open skies and sunsets influenced the look and feel of the destination wedding. The bride specifically chose Gansevoort for its modern, chic and sophisticated setting.

Attire: The bride wore an A-line silk organza gown with a sweetheart neckline from the Melissa Sweet Farren 2011 Reverie Collection from Casa de Novia, paired with a crystal hairpiece from Winnie Couture. She walked barefoot on the pristine island sand. The groom wore Tommy Bahama trousers and a Robert Graham embroidered white shirt with monogrammed cuffs from Norton Ditto, and a simple white bougainvillea boutonniere.

Special Touches: The bride gave her groom a hand-made and hand-written anniversary journal with a custom monogram pressed into the cover, alluding to the groom’s Louisiana background and the couple’s mutual love of Texas. She filled it with their adventures (and continues to add to it). She also had stationery custom monogrammed and their vows written in calligraphy on three 11x 17 pieces of paper, which she has since framed for her groom and displayed in their home.

The groom gave his bride a Tiffany & Co. “I love you” bracelet which she has worn every day since the wedding.

Beach and Floral Decor: The bride-to-be placed a Tiffany & Co. blue bouquet pin in her white bougainvillea bouquet, complete with a handkerchief — something “old” and “borrowed” from Kyle’s aunt and godmother, Jean Guidry of Baton Rouge. The beach arch was draped in white tulle and white bougainvillea. White and pink bougainvillea topped the tiki torches, palm leaves lined the aisle, and pink and white bougainvillea petals were sprinkled along the bride’s path. A dining table was set with the couple’s crystal monogrammed Tiffany & Co. champagne flutes, complemented by a bonfire and the beach bed.

Their first dance as a married couple was to Sammy Kershaw’s “You Are The Love Of My Life.” The newlyweds enjoyed the bonfire and the sounds of the ocean so much that they stayed on the beach until midnight.

The Cake: A chocolate wedding cake with chocolate fudge and buttercream icing was adorned with a custom-made cake topper in the shape of a G. It was served with the couple’s Mr. and Mrs. antique 1954 Spring Bouquet cake forks.

BEHIND THE SCENES:

The Saturday before the wedding, the couple enjoyed sailing in a Hobie Cat and snorkeling in Bight Reef at Princess Alexandra Park. They saw some pretty fish, but ended up with allergic reactions to the fire coral. “I had my first cry of the “va-wedding-moon” (what she calls their vacation-wedding-honeymoon trip), thinking that the enormous welts on my arm would ruin our wedding pictures!” says the bride. They bought cortisone cream at the gift shop for $15, and the front desk clerk said “It does not look too bad.” The bride responded, “My wedding is Monday!” The clerk assured, “Oh, it will go away by 8 p.m…”

The welts were still there as the bride walked down the aisle, but small enough that no one could really see. They came back full force the day after the wedding, and when the newlyweds returned to Houston the groom took his bride to the ER for steroid and cortisone injections, and a prescription to counteract the fire coral.

On the day of the wedding the weather was perfect until about 3 p.m.— then it started to rain… and rain and rain! The groom remained calm while the bride quietly started to panic. The wedding planner called to say the florist would set up the arch and flowers at 4 p.m. as long as there was no lightning. The ceremony was scheduled for 5 p.m. and a “Plan B” was devised just in case the couple had to get married the next day — which would have ruined their four-year anniversary plans!

Fortunately, the sun came out and the wind subsided literally 30 minutes before the wedding, leaving a breathtaking view of the deep blue sky. The walk down the aisle began by the pool, which prompted surprised vacationers to ask if the bride was getting married. She floated down the long wooden walkway as people at a beach bar and a restaurant sat enthralled (and snapped pictures). The bride could not see the altar or her groom until she reached the steps to the beach, then spotted him smiling with tears in his eyes.

“I was so happy to see him and I was trying not to cry, but his tears made me so emotional that I smiled and cried at the same time!” Jennifer recalls. She was so eager to reach him that Officiant Sherlock Padmore had to tell her to slow down so the photographer could take photos.

“I can still see the look on his face when I reached him at the altar and turned to hold hands at the start of the ceremony,” says the bride. As for the groom, “My most memorable moment was seeing Jennifer in her wedding dress as she walked down the stairs to the beach,” Kyle says.

The Honeymoon: The couple arrived five days before and stayed five days after their wedding, spending their honeymoon at the location of their Caribbean ceremony.

The beautiful bride integrated the island style of Turks and Caicos in a breathtaking destination wedding

The beautiful bride integrated the island style of Turks and Caicos in a breathtaking destination wedding

An elegant Melissa Sweet Farren gown was the perfect choice for a beachside ceremony

An elegant Melissa Sweet Farren gown was the perfect choice for a beachside ceremony

Jennifer completed her ensemble with a crystal hairpiece from Winnie Couture.

Jennifer completed her ensemble with a crystal hairpiece from Winnie Couture.

The groom sported a simple white bougainvillea boutonniere

The groom sported a simple white bougainvillea boutonniere

 Jennifer struck a last-minute pose on a billowy veranda before making her vows.

Jennifer struck a last-minute pose on a billowy veranda before making her vows.

Jennifer carried a white bougainvillea bouquet.

Jennifer carried a white bougainvillea bouquet.

The couple toasted their life together with crystal monogrammed Tiffany & Co. champagne flutes.

The couple toasted their life together with crystal monogrammed Tiffany & Co. champagne flutes.

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Both the groom and the bride strolled barefoot on the white sand.

Both the groom and the bride strolled barefoot on the white sand.

In a "forever moment," Jennifer placed a ring on Kyle's finger.

In a “forever moment,” Jennifer placed a ring on Kyle’s finger.

An emotional bride brushes away tears of joy

An emotional bride brushes away tears of joy

The groom places a Tiffany & Co. wedding ring on his bride.

The groom places a Tiffany & Co. wedding ring on his bride.

A passionate kiss seals the marriage

A passionate kiss seals the marriage

The newlyweds step into their future as man and wife.

The newlyweds step into their future as man and wife.

The couple danced to Sammy Kershaw’s “You Are The Love Of My Life.”

The couple danced to Sammy Kershaw’s “You Are The Love Of My Life.”

Timed for a sunset, Kyle and Jennifer celebrate their post-nuptials on the beach

Timed for a sunset, Kyle and Jennifer celebrate their post-nuptials on the beach

The couple embrace in a romantic oceanside setting.

The couple embrace in a romantic oceanside setting.

 


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