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Lenita & David

A sunny island celebration begins with a chic ceremony and culminates with a splash—literally.

Smiling newlyweds Lenita and David.

The garden ruins

Bridesmaids’ bouquets popped with pink blooms

Seating cards cleverly hung on a clothesline

Modern tablescapes

The romantic reception scene

The pair, who dated for five years before getting engaged, tied the knot with an elegant affair at the One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas, which she organized and planned almost entirely on her own. For most brides, the pressure to pull off the most important event of their lives without professional assistance might have been too much, but Lenita’s passion for maintaining control of high-stress situations saw her through with great success. She explains: “Planning a wedding is a lot like writing an essay—hard to start, but once I had the basic outline, it was so much fun filling in the details.” 

Details of the wedding itself didn’t follow a singular theme. Instead, Lenita focused on creating an intimate, loving and simply beautiful ambiance through her decor choices. She settled on a natural, mostly white color foundation, then relied on pops of brights for visual depth, like the pink blooms she chose as reception centerpieces.

Beyond that, Lenita, who stunned in a Monique Lhuillier gown—which was, in fact, the second dress she bought—and a last-minute pair of Jimmy Choos (while David was dapper in Theory), trusted the One&Only’s luxurious and picturesque space would provide the necessary backdrop to her wedding, including the garden ruins at the cloisters of the Ocean Club, which added just the right amount of tropical romanticism and, by Lenita’s estimation, privacy, to the actual ceremony. “I could get married with that amazing beach feel without having a guy sunbathing in his swimsuit 10 feet away!” she adds.

The reception took place on the pool terrace of the resort, which proved to be the perfect place to let loose and celebrate. “We were smiling from ear to ear the whole time,” Lenita recalls. “And anytime I looked around, everyone seemed to be making friends and truly enjoying themselves.” To cap off the evening, the newly married couple jumped into the pool, followed by the guests—a momentous punctuation to a truly special celebration, and, according to Lenita, her second favorite moment from the entire day. What takes first place? “The second I saw Dave at the end of the aisle surrounded by all the people I love.”