Simply Romantic!

January 23rd, 2017

Maria and James Forgione were recently wed on the shores of Palm Beach.  The bride wanted every detail to ooze romance, choosing a simple, elegant color palate of white and champagne, which was carried out from the ceremony to the décor at the reception and ballroom dinner 

The couple, from New York City’s Middle Village, had no doubts about the setting for their romantic nuptials...

Aruba Destination Wedding | Beach Brides

 Aruba is my favorite island!  It has everything you want all in one place: the beautiful beaches, the pathways to all the hotels, the restaurants and shops, and nightlife”.
-Maria
 

Aruba Destination Wedding | Beach BridesMaria’s all-lace Pronovias wedding dress, with an alluring sheer bodice, set a dreamy tone for the beachside wedding, where all the flowers and décor were washed in white.  

Aruba Destination Wedding | Beach Brides

Aruba Destination Wedding | Beach Brides

The bridesmaids’ papaya-colored dresses added a delicate splash of Caribbean flair to the wedding. 
The groom and groomsmen wore classic beige linen suits.
 

Aruba Destination Wedding | Beach BridesThe wedding, culinary, and banquet teams of the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino coordinated all the details.  After the ceremony, guests were ushered from the beach to the resort’s beach deck venue for a lavish cocktail and hors ‘d oeuvres reception.  Guests noshed on charred lamb and Moroccan vegetable relish in phyllo cups, lobster medallions on local pan bati (a bit like a sweet corn pancake), hand-crusted coconut shrimp, and several action stations, including a rustic pasta station, sushi station, shellfish display, and chef-carved roasted tenderloin.  

The cocktail reception was concluded with a sparkler sendoff. The wedding party and guests were then led down the garden path to the resort’s ballroom for a formal, seated dinner. 

Aruba Destination Wedding | Beach Brides

Local event designer Fernando Mansur, of House of Mosaic, continued the romantic and elegant theme, with lots of sheer white draping, gold Chiavarri chairs, an all-white lounge area by the dance floor, and a modern version of the Indian mandap for the couple’s sweetheart table.  

Aruba Destination Wedding | Beach Brides

The four-course dinner was followed by a decadent dessert buffet to compliment the wedding cake that included assorted spiced truffles, passion fruit crème Brule, Aruban coconut tarts, mango shooters, and a variety of miniature pastries and cookies.  After dinner, a deejay kept the party going until the wee hours of the morning.

The Details:
 

Aruba Destination Wedding | Beach Brides

Bride’s Final Thoughts: 
The Hyatt is the perfect place to have a wedding!  It offered a private setting for the wedding celebration--from the beach ceremony to cocktail hour on the sun deck to the pathway entrance to the ballroom!  I felt like the hotel grounds were ours for the day!

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This feature is beautiful! Thank you! I wish I can do all over again and again! It felt like a dream!

What our brides are saying

My dad’s favorite ‘paradise’ was always Aruba. Choosing Aruba as the locale for our nuptials was a special way to honor his memory and share this day with him.

Raquel Alphonse
Boston