Riu Palace St. Martin Wedding | Katie & Dave

In April, we got to spend 4 days at the Riu Palace in St. Martin with this beautiful couple, and about 100 of their friends and family…What a turn out for a destination wedding!

We have known Dave for over 10 years now, which is hard to believe. Mike met Dave at the beginning of his career, with the start of his business Digital Surgeons. Over the years we have worked with him and his business partner Pete, and have always kept in touch, whether it was doing work for them or grabbing drinks here and there. When Dave got engaged to his stunning girlfriend Katie, they reached out to us for engagement photos (including his daughter Brooklyn) which soon after lead to them booking us for their wedding at the Riu Palace in St Martin. WOOHOO

Katie and Dave, and several of their friends and family arrived at the resort before us. In that time, Dave made close friends with the iguanas who hung out poolside, as well as manage to jump out of a kayak by a treacherous reef surrounded by tons of sea urchins. Long story short, 100’s of sea urchin needles were injected to his foot and hand. He spent a day in the hospital and used a wheel chair when possible to relieve the pain. Luckily this was 2 days before the wedding and not the day of! I think he may still be pulling needles out a month later?!

The wedding day was gorgeous, but a hot one! Katie was dolled up by her sister-in-law Whitney in the resort’s spa, while Dave and the guys got ready in their suite, entertained (from what I can see) by the kids. Dave opened a very thoughtful gift from Katie, a pocket square that someone stitched his mother’s exact handwriting into. An emotional moment for Dave, as his mother had passed. He also got some special chiropractic treatment by his brother (and best man) Paul. Once everyone was dressed and ready, we headed out by the water to set up their first look.

As much as we wanted to get all the formals done right after their first look, we suggested to wait until after the ceremony when the sun wasn’t so hot and bright. We knocked out most family photos then got ready for the ceremony. Katie’s brothers played the music while everyone came down the aisle. The sun was finally starting to set and it was picture perfect. Katie and Dave’s vows were beautiful and emotional. And the formal pictures of Katie & Dave after the ceremony during sunset were breathtaking.

Katie spent a lot of time planning the little details for the wedding. You will see the large list of vendors below. She loves to help small businesses so she did a lot of her wedding shopping on etsy. After the entrances and dances we all ate poolside and got right into dancing. Everyone was having a blast! Even when the downpours came (like the “November Rain” video, basically), most of the guests danced right through it soaking wet. It made for some great pics!

Congrats to Katie and Dave and thank you for having us photograph your special day! Here are just some of our favorites to help relive your day!

Marcie & Mike



The Wedding Planner:
Tanya Schmitt
MICE Manager Riu Palace St.Martin
Comercial y Ventas
+(590) 590 87 67 00
www.riu.com / www.riuplaza.com

Bride’s Dress:
Designer is Galia Lahav and it was purchased from Bridal Reflections in NYC
Insta: @galialahav @bridalreflectionsny
FB: @GaliaLahavDesigns @bridalreflections

Bride’s Shoes:
Designer is Jimmy Choo and they were purchased from Neiman Marcus
Insta: @jimmychoo @neimanmarcus
FB: @JimmyChoo @neimanmarcus

Bride’s Hair and Make Up:
Styled by Whitney Salinas of Whitney G Hair
Insta: @whitneyg_hair

Bridesmaid’s Hair & Make Up:
Styled by Renova Spa St.Martin
FB: @renovaspa.saintmartin
Insta: @renovaspa_saintmartin

Bride’s Jewelry:
(earrings/bracelet) From Sweet Feelings Jewelers
FB: @SweetFeelingsJewelers
They are family friends of my parents

Groom’s Suit:
Insta: @samuelsohn
FB: @samuelsohn.ltd

Groom’s Shirt:
Insta: @propercloth
FB: @propercloth

Grooms Shoe’s:
Insta: @GreatsBrand
FB: @GreatsBrand

Bride/Bridesmaid Barefoot Sandals:
Etsy BeNelipots Shop
Insta: @be_nelipots
FB: @be.nelipots

Flower Girl Crowns:
Etsy Little Lady Accessory Shop
FB: @LittleLadyAccessories55

Groomsmen/Ring Bearer Attire:
Insta: @islandimporter
FB: @islandimporter

Baby Ring Bearer Attire:
Etsy Engla Charlotta Shop
Insta: @englacharlotta_official
FB: @EnglaCharlotta

Ring Bearer Signs:
Etsy Creative Designs By Bri Shop
Insta: @creativedesignsbybri
FB: @creativedesignsbybri

Ring Boxes:
Etsy Khaotic Hope Creations Shop
FB: @khaotichopecreations

Ceremony Music:
John Mayer XO and Jay Z Beyonce Bonnie & Clyde
Performed by Bride’s brothers Bradley & Brian Mortimore

Dave Handkerchief Gift:
Etsy Broiderie Stitch Shop
FB: @BroiderieStitch



Seashell Place Cards:
Etsy Love Always Cards Shop
FB: @lovealwaysmecards

Etsy Love Meets Craft Shop

Bridesmaid Custom Hangers:
Etsy The Lettering Studio Shop

DK Logo Design:
Peter Sena

Pool Floats:
Etsy The Preppy Type Shop
Insta: @preppylane

Wooden signs:
Etsy Paper and Pine Co Shop
Insta: @paperandpineco
FB: @PaperandPineCo

Wooden hashtag signs:
Etsy GG SIGNS Shop
Insta: @ggsigns
FB: @ggcustomsigns

Wooden table number signs:
Etsy Details Darling Shop
FB: @detailsdarling

Mr & Mrs Sign:
Etsy ZCreate Design Shop
Insta: @zcreatedesign
FB: @zcreatedesign

Wooden Card Box:
Etsy Sweet NC Collective Shop
Insta: @sweetcarolinacollective
FB: @sweetcarolinacollective


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