This loved up pair found each other at a local food festival five years ago, and instantly hit it off. After dating for a few years, Thomas decided to pop the question and propose in the BEST way possible – family, close friends and a flashmob (ofcourse!) If you’re in need of a little pick me up today, and absolutely adore the Cayman Islands, then grab a cup of coffee and sit back love, because today’s feature is a definite MUST!
FROM THE COUPLE:
HOW DID YOU MEET?
“I had moved back to the island in December 2012 after completing my Masters degree. I attended a local food festival called Taste of Cayman in 2013 with a friend. I was watching one of the on-stage cooking demos and saw Tommy cooking a lionfish dish. I thought he was good looking so I went over to his restaurant’s stall afterwards to try his food. A friend of mine knew him so she introduced us” says Chelsea.
“Tommy proposed in 2017 where we met 4 years before, at Taste of Cayman. Instead of watching him do the demo I was alongside him working as a his sous chef. As we were finishing off the lionfish dish he cued music by saying “I love her like cooked food”. I watched as family and friends below the stage participated in a flash mob that they had practiced for the past few weeks. It took me a few seconds to realise what was happening and then I obviously broke down in tears. He led me down from the stage to dance with everyone else and when I looked behind him my family was holding signs that said “Chelsea, Say Yes!” He got down on one knee and the rest is history.”
“We kept it simple as we wanted most of our budget to go toward food and beverage, and we also felt that our venue, LUCA Restaurant, is beautiful on its own. So we went with a romantic and rustic theme at our wedding reception – think wooden tables, white tablecloths, chandeliers, candles and greenery” adds Chelsea.
“I was torn between two options, but in the end I loved the intricate details, the open back, the long train and the form fitting shape in the dress I chose. Once I put on the cathedral veil I was sold!”
“Our friend Brittanni Seymour of Scratch Gourmet Desserts stuck with our rustic theme by doing a naked rum cake with a buttercream frosting topped with fresh flowers. As delicious as the cake was we used it more for the cake cutting tradition” says Chelsea.
“We are passionate foodies as I have a food blog called Island Epicurean and Tommy is a professional chef, so celebrating at a restaurant felt fitting. We ended up choosing LUCA Restaurant because it required minimal décor as it is stunning on its own, the buyout price was incredibly reasonable and they offered an inside and outside venue. We hosted the cocktail hour and the post-dinner dancing inside and sat outside on the patio for dinner. The service, food, wine and cocktails were the most important aspects for us and LUCA delivered in all four of those areas.”
“Yes. We had the incredibly talented Sarah Parker of Save The Date. From our initial meeting with her it was clear she understood our vision and was able to stay within our budget to make it happen. When we arrived at the wedding reception we were in awe because it looked exactly as we had discussed. She ran the entire evening like a well-oiled machine and I can honestly say that there were no mistakes that we or guests were privy to” mentions Chelsea.
“Similar to his proposal, Tommy ensured that his speech was one to remember. He started out thanking everyone possible in a traditional speech, but then the groomsmen joined him on the grass. Using our favourite Christmas movie “Love Actually” as inspiration he wrote out beautiful words and our favourite lyrics on white cardstock and went through them all as an acoustic version of “1000 miles” played in the background. He even incorporated the groomsmen and groomsmaids as they held up cards that said “Applaud”, “Cheer” and “Kiss the Bride”. Also many guests were surprised that we had time to do a choreographed tango as our first dance to the Adele version of “Love Song”.”
“We chose the resort Hacienda AltaGracia in Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica. We only did a week-long honeymoon so we wanted to be close to the Caribbean. This is one of the top resorts in Central America and we knew it would be very romantic. We wanted a trip where we would be able to relax, eat delicious food and have an adventure. We were able to relax in the hot tub, nap in hammocks across the property and have a couples massage at the spa. The food was incredible as they used local ingredients and those from their sustainable farm. The resort offered on-site activities like a walk through their farm with the chef, horse feeding and guided hikes around the property, as well as off-site activities where they arranged transport and a guide when we went ziplining and visited the local farmer’s market. The services were impeccable and I can’t wait to return” says Chelsea.
ADVICE FOR NEWLY-ENGAGED COUPLES
“Being organised is key and I found that the checklist from The Knot ensured that we didn’t forget anything. Also know that it’s easy to let your wedding take over your life, but take breaks from discussing it with your spouse, friends and family every once in a while.”
Thank you to Chelsea, Thomas and Jenna Leigh Photography for sending this lovely album to us!
Photography: Jenna Leigh Photography | Wedding Venue: Elmslie Church, LUCA Restaurant | Wedding Dress: Stella York | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Florals: The Flower Dell | Cake Artistry: Scratch Gourmet Desserts | Catering & Bar Service: LUCA Restaurant | Bridesmaid Dress: The Dessy Group | Rings: The Mansion | Hair Styling: The Salon | Makeup Artistry: Renaissance Beauty Salon & Spa | Groom Attire: Custom Suit by Giorgio Fiorelli | Groomsmen Attire: Groomsmen from “The Groomsman Suit” and Groomsmaids from “The Dessy Group” | Stationery: Minted | Wedding Planning: Sarah Parker from Save The Date | Music/ DJ: DJ Flex | Decorator: Save The Date | Transportation: Majestic Tours | Event Rentals: Save The Date | Travel Agency/ Honeymoon: Hacienda AltaGracia in Costa Rica | Guest Accommodation: London House |