© Suzanne Nielsen, 2007.
Rainforest weddings in Saba
Wedding Photographer - Aaron Soares
Saba the romantic marriage getaway
One can hardly imagine a more romantic location
for a wedding than Saba. The island offers an unusual
variety of venues for a unique ceremony. Couples will
find that the island has a full selection of
professional caterers for all aspects of the event
including reception, flowers, favors for the guests,
and outstanding accommodations for wedding guests.
Sean & Michelle wed on Saba at Queen's Gardens Resort on February 21st 2009. Photographer: Pierre Carreau.
The simplest location for an efficient civil ceremony
is the Court Room in the Administrative Building. For
the more romantically inclined, Saba's registrar
Nellie Peterson is very flexible and works with the
couple to make their wishes come true. She encourages
the bride and groom to customize the ceremony with
their own statements.
Recent tourist weddings have taken place on board a
yacht moored in the Saba National Marine Park, on the
spacious meadow at the Johnson Museum in Windwardside,
in the graceful wrought iron gazebo at Queen's Garden,
around the pool side at Juliana's, and at sunset in
private villas with wonderful sea views. Saba's
churches are also available.
Saba is able to accommodate large or small parties
with equal ease. One recent wedding was complex, with
the large wedding party occupying the entire hotel. A
Saba taxi driver was on dedicated service all weekend,
and special events were organized for the wedding
party, such as a private tour of the museum and a
guided trail hike.
Aaron and Desiree Soares (Desiree works for the Saba Tourist Office). Pictures taken at The Cottage Club by Tyrone Peterson from Pete's Photo.
May 27th 2006
Other ceremonies have been more intimate gatherings of
bride, groom, and a few family members and friends.
The same care and attention to detail went into to
fabricating a wedding arch of tropical plants,
coordinating the bride's bouquet and grooms,
boutonnihres, and reception decorations. A serving of
famous Saba lobster was requested and graciously
Tourist wedding parties find it easy and convenient to
make all arrangements over the phone or by email. When
they arrive, they find every detail coordinated and
orchestrated: the perfect solution to their desire to
have a unique, tropical wedding.
Many of Saba's hotels and guests houses offer special
wedding packages, explained on their web sites. The
tourist bureau (sabatourism.com) also has a full
explanation of the procedures needed to fulfill
marriage requirements in the Netherlands Antilles.
Click here for our marriage requirements.
Rainforest weddings in Saba
Taking marriage vows in an enchanted bower is the romantic dream of every bride.
This very special type of wedding is now available on Saba. The owners of Scout's Place, Barbara and Wolfgang Tooten, are taking advantage of the island's best asset, its ethereal, magical natural environment to provide a "Rainforest Wedding Ceremony" for their guests.
Barbara Tooten located a promising spot just off the Crispeen Track, about a 10-minute walk from the Mountain Road parking lot. After receiving permission from the landowner, the couple rolled up their sleeves and cleared out an overgrown area under some mature breadfruit trees, transforming the new clearing into a wedding bower. The afternoon light filters through the swaying trees, dappling the intimate gathering with moving shadows and adding to the mystical experience.
With some real potential at hand, Wolfgang bought a chain saw and cut some fallen logs in half lengthwise to make natural guest benches for both sides of the clearing. He also set to work to make a heart-shaped table to hold the heart-shaped tiered wedding cake made and decorated in the Scout's Place kitchen.
The tall Breadfruit trees arc over a small gazebo, which was purchased in St. Maarten and is garlanded with flowering Bougainvillea and ferns. The table and three chairs in the gazebo are for the bride and groom and official Nellie Peterson, who marries the couple and sanctions the six witness signatures. On the other side of the clearing, a tent has been erected over a table with the obligatory champagne glasses and drinks in coolers.
Just before Christmas an American couple from Charlotte, North Carolina, who had been diving on Saba in August, came to Saba with family to be married in the special ceremony. The bride, Michelle Smethurst, chose a white organza layered, full-length wedding gown, which she donned in a nearby cottage, after trekking along the trail, carefully carrying her the dress. Michelle's small daughter Morgan, who served as flower girl, also changed into her long, white dress once on location. Groom Steve Rines chose his son Jason as best man and both wore loose linen long-sleeved tunic shirts as their wedding costume.
On the arm of her father, Michelle walked down an entry path lined with lighted torches on bamboo poles. Her large wedding bouquet was a masterpiece of local flowers fashioned by Rudolph Hassell. Hassell found all he needed in Saba's abundant gardens. Saba Ladies' Lash orchids, which are in profusion at this time of year, ferns, baby palm leaves, Pink ginger, and bright red Anthurium for colour punctuation.
The couple chose their own music, which was played on a portable player. Head of Census Bureau Nellie Peterson, donned in her official black robes, performed the flawless ceremony, uniting the couple in a very personalized, poetic ritual. After the six witness came forward to sign the wedding book, Scout's Place staff served the champagne, the bride and groom cut the cake, and guests made the most of the magnificent photo opportunities. The wedding celebratory dinner was held at Scout's lookout, with an eternity view over Windwardside and the Caribbean Sea.
Get your Saba rainforest wedding information by contacting the wedding planner: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top photo: Bride Michelle Smethurst enters the glen on the arm of her father.
Middle photo: Witnesses enter the gazebo to sign wedding booklet.
Bottom photo: Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rines enjoy their wedding cake.
© Suzanne Nielsen, 2009.
Wedding Photographer - Aaron Soares
Wedding photographer, Aaron Soares shoots in a photojournalism style, working the light to it's fullest, keeping outstanding attention to detail, light, and shadows that are passionate and realistic.
Photo: Aaron Soares
Aaron offers a wide package selection and ala-carte options for the budget minded couples. All packages include: Photo CD, Coffee Table Hard Cover Photo Book(s), Print Credits, and Online Proofing.
The photographs that you receive will be an everlasting record of your timeless memorable day!
For more information go to Aaron's website www.soaresart.com or call 011-599-416-5763.