Ceremonies of St. John: When Mother Nature Has Other Plans

Jennifer Long
Photo credit: Chris Bramley Photography

Jennifer Long and Brett Howard planned to marry on St. John Saturday, August 2. Tropical Storm Bertha, however, had other plans.

Jennifer, Brett and their friends and family were all staying at the Ritz Carlton on St. Thomas prior to the wedding. Well, when the storm passed through, the Port Authority shut down the ports. That means that the Florida couple and their guests were physically unable to make it to St. John. So Ceremonies of St. John, Jennifer and Brett’s wedding planner, came up with a Plan B.

“I planned the wedding again to be set up at the Ritz Carlton,” said Stacy Mulcare, owner of Ceremonies of St. John. “Luckily the vendors we had contracted with were on St. Thomas that day and could go to the hotel for the ceremony.”

About three hours later, Jennifer and Brett decided they did not want to marry in the Ritz’s ballroom after all. Instead they chose to wait out the storm until the next day. Ceremonies of St. John replanned the wedding, and Jennifer and Brett married at sunset at Trunk Bay on Sunday, August 3.

Jennifer and Brett’s story proves the importance of hiring a wedding planner when marrying away from home. Brett, who serves in the U.S. Military, is very disciplined and expected everything to go like clockwork despite the tropical storm. And thanks to Ceremonies of St. John, it did.

For Jennifer and Brett’s wedding, Ceremonies of St. John oversaw:

  • Guest transportation from St. Thomas to St. John, to Trunk Bay and back
  • A palm frond outline on the beach with 100s of rose petals on the sand
  • The bridal bouquet
  • Transportation in a private car for the bride.
  • Photography
  • Traditional Christian Minister ordained by a local church
  • Three-tier wedding cake with fresh flowers
  • Reception at local restaurant on St. John

Stacy Mulcare, owner of Ceremonies of St. John, lives and works directly on St. John, so she knows all of the ins and outs of the island and can address any need that may arise. Interested in learning more? Call Stacy toll free at 1-888-282-3933 or email at [email protected]

beach chair set up
Photo credit: Chris Bramley Photography

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