Samantha and Mike’s beach destination wedding was super chic and covered in tropical greenery! The couple loves to travel and had always dreamed of an intimate wedding, so they chose to have their big day at Half Moon Rock Resort, a stylish full-service resort and wedding venue on the Jamaica coast that perfectly fit their needs. We love how Samantha wore an embellished blush Maggie Sottero gown and boho-inspired barefoot sandals to her waterfront ceremony, then changed into a champagne-colored silk gown for a more relaxed look to enjoy her reception in! Haley Rynn Ringo Photography captured every detail in Samantha and Mike’s day beautifully, including their venue’s stunning focus on tropical fronds!
Samantha and Mike
Half Moon Rock Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Having our wedding style represent us as a couple was most important to us during planning! We love traveling and keeping everything relaxed, so a small destination wedding was beyond perfect.
Oh goodness, EVERY SECOND was the most memorable part of our day! I guess if I had to narrow it down it would have been our vows. Michael and I wrote them the morning of our wedding, and he totally went off script and just spoke from his heart. As you could imagine, we both were crying, and it was just one of those unplanned moments that I will never forget.
My mother, bridal party, and I all rocked barefoot sandals which I highly recommend, it added a carefree vibe to the evening. My bridesmaids wore white body-con dresses that had a cool asymmetrical cut on the bottom. I know they were all appreciative that they has comfy dresses that could easily be reused in the future!
If you are doing a destination wedding RESEARCH your venue! We probably contacted over a dozen different venues and resort all over the world before we found Half Moon Rock Resort. I spent hours and hours reading reviews, blogs, etc about each venue. You want a location that can perfectly execute your vision being however many miles away.
Processional – Angel by Jack Johnson
This has been our ‘song’ since we first started dating long distance while he was in the Marine Corps.
Recessional – A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) Fergie (feat. GoonRock & Q-Tip)
We had to throw in a little Gatsby vibe for one of the biggest party nights of our lives!
First Dance – Die a Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
We are country music fans, and every lyric to this song just speaks to us as a couple.
I decided to go with two dresses for the evening, since I knew my wedding gown would be pretty warm on the dance floor. For the ceremony I wore a embellished blush colored Maggie Sottero gown, and for the reception I wore a champagne colored silk gown. I loved being able to have two completely different looks for the evening, and not having to worry about being uncomfortable once we started dancing!
Our photographer Haley was a dream to work with. We had never met in person until a day before our wedding and we instantly bonded. Not only are her photography skills to die for, but her personality is out of this world. She was right by us, dancing the night away in true Haley fashion. I am forever grateful for our friendship and our timeless photographs!
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Haley Rynn Ringo Photography
Venue, Event Planning, Floral Design, Catering, Cake, DJ – Half Moon Rock Resort
Wedding Dress – Maggie Sottero
Bridal Accessories – Kate Spade
Bridesmaids’, Groom’s, Groomsmen’s Apparel – Express
Rings – Ben Bridge
Congratulations to Samantha and Mike, and a special thanks to Haley Rynn Ringo Photography for sharing their day with us. Love this destination wedding’s tropical vibes? Take a look at this tropical wonderland wedding at The White Rabbit in Singapore!