How it started..
Louisa and Richard's love story began when they were introduced through friends. "My sister mentioned I was having a birthday party and that there would be 10 single women present," Louisa recalls. "Obviously he turned up with two of his friends in tow!"
Richard chose a romantic location to propose to Louisa: on the Balcon de Europa in Spain, with magnificent views over the Costa del Sol.
A sunny proposal meant they needed a tropical celebration to match! Louisa and Richard decided on <a href="http://www.beaches.com/main/ng/ng-home/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Beaches Negril</a> in Jamaica after visiting the resort. "It ticked all the boxes for us to be able to have the day of our dreams," Louisa said. "Stunning location, fantastic staff, cocktails and cliff jumping!"
Organising a wedding in a far away location is no mean feat - Louisa worked with <a href="http://www.sandals.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sandals</a> wedding planner, Kerrie Anne Ford, to customise their whole wedding from start to finish.
When we asked Louisa and Richard what their most memorable part of the day was, the answer was simple. "Looking up and seeing my husband-to-be's smiling face as I walked towards him," said Louisa. Richard shared this moment as his favourite, too. "Waiting for Louisa at the wedding gazebo and spending the whole day together, smiling and laughing the entire time," he said.
Louisa's gorgeous ivory <a href="http://www.impressionbridal.com/#!/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Impression Bridal</a> gown was from <a href="http://www.bridesvisited.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Brides Visited</a>, in Surrey. For her maids, she chose pistachio-coloured gowns from <a href="https://dessy.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Dessy</a>.
Richard and his groomsmen wore dark blue suits from <a href="http://www.paulsmith.co.uk/uk-en/shop/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Paul Smith</a> and <a href="http://www.armani.com/gb" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Armani</a>, and wore pistachio green pocket squares to complement the bridesmaid dresses.
This pretty two-tiered cake was packed with flavour. The top tier was a chocolate sponge with vanilla filling, and the bottom layer was vanilla with piña colada! On top a cymbidium orchid was placed - the same as in Louisa's bouquet.
Louisa's bouquet matched the soft wedding palette of ivory, white and pistachio, and featured two types of orchids as well as some green roses.
Let's face it - in the UK we're just not used to that much sun! To help guests keep from overheating, Louisa and Richard provided parasols for shade.
The romantic beach theme continued through to the stationery, with the place cards featuring two hearts drawn in sand.
At each place setting the couple left a unique treat for guests. These tiny suitcase favours contained gifts of engraved silver flip-flop keyrings or bottle openers in the shape of small silver bottles.
Into the night...
As it got dark, the couple provided a bonfire for friends and family, with cupcakes, biscuits and marshmallows for toasting.
Hitting the dance floor
After a sunny day spent celebrating, it was time for the entertainment! To celebrate their Caribbean location, Louisa and Richard hired a reggae band to play music into the night.
There was also a fire dancer performing some rather breathtaking tricks.
The happy couple
A beach-side location was the perfect way to celebrate their wedding. "My advice to other brides would be that once you have created your vision together, plan your wedding exactly how you would both like it to be," Louisa says. "Don't feel you have to work on pleasing others - your guests will enjoy themselves no matter what."