What an amazing experience!  From the very first evening we arrived, we were pampered and experienced the “Luxury Included” that Sandals is known for.  This “Jewel of the South” is truly that … a unique resort set in a 500 acre nature reserve, along a 2 mile long alabaster beach with blue waters as far as the eye can see.  The lush tropical foliage and natural wildlife – such as my amazing experience with the peacock! – are fantastic.  But, you really need to see it to truly appreciate it.

During our stay, we were able to experience and see many of the details that the new Weddings by Martha Stewart at Sandals has to offer.  Martha has designed 7 unique and fabulous wedding experiences for Sandals’ brides and grooms.  Everything from a “Seaside Serenade” theme – featuring muted aquas and corals – to a “Chic and Natural” theme – featuring a simplistic, natural tablesetting incorporating river rock and natural elements.  Our first evening we were “guests” at a wedding dinner with beautiful orchids and white linens.  The china and glassware were beautiful, as were the custom-designed, orchid=graced menus.  Needless to say, the dinner itself was amazing – seafood puff pastry and beef tenderloin to name just a few courses!

The next day we toured the resort and were treated to a viewing of many of the incredible wedding venues.  They all were unique, and all were beautiful.  The ceremony decor was beautiful as well … and each coordinated with the “wedding experience” theme that was chosen.  (We were even lucky enough to see a real wedding with a gorgeous bride!)  At lunchtime, we viewed a complete “Seaside Serenade” tabletop setting – gorgeous!  And, so refreshing!  Perfect for this island setting!

Last night’s dinner was also truly fabulous – a candlelit dinner on the beach – an example of what a typical Rehearsal Dinner would be here at Sandals.  We were treated to a steel drum band and a bonfire on the beach.  (Though marshmallows were promised for our next visit … and for future guest bonfires!)  It was a perfect evening – a half moon, tons of stars, and clear skies.  And, while I shared the evening with the Eve-nts Girls and other bridal consultants, I could only imagine what it would have been like to share it with the one you love … it was so romantic.

A “shout out” goes to our hosts: Natalee, the Wedding Manager – a woman who truly loves to create romance and make couples’ dreams come true; Glendon, the Sales Manager, who is eager to please his guests’ every whim; and Patrick Drake, the General Manager, who is responsible for the amazing staff at the Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Resort.

Whether it’s a destination wedding, an anniversary celebration or a much-needed vacation, you will certainly enjoy this exceptional resort!

So, as we get ready to board the place …

Whatever you do, make it exceptional!


Another day in paradise!  Started the morning with a blended coffee from the Cafe de Paris, while strolling on the piazza. Could there be a better way to begin the day?!  A surprise encounter with a peacock answered that question.  He was so beautiful!  Amazing!

Each Thursday, the French village beach is transformed into the Village Fete, a huge beachside Jamaican party, featuring Jerk BBQ, beach volleyball and watersports.  Of course, the party isn’t complete without some Reggae music and cocktails!  I was amazed by what was offered and how much fun the day was.  Not bad for a “typical” Thursday!

We return to Minneapolis tomorrow … wonder if there will be a steel drum band playing in my office???

We made it!  And, was it worth the wait!  The Sandals Whitehouse European Resort is all that we had imagined and all that we had hoped for!  The European-style resort is beautiful – tropical flowers, peacocks, beautiful sandy beaches and amazing blue water as far as the eye can see.  The staff greeted us with champagne cocktails and have treated us like royalty ever since.  Sarah and Steph are eagerly exploring the Resort’s pools and beaches as I write this.  Off to join them for some sun and an “umbrella” drink!

The last weekend in February we were thrilled to be able to plan and design a fabulous intimate destination wedding (with 8 guests) for a very special couple in the Big Easy.  We often say, “Whether it’s an intimate gathering or lavish affair, EVE Events is dedicated to celebrating it in a distinctive, sophisticated and memorable fashion.”  This was the perfect opportunity for us to really be creative and shine!  And we truly enjoyed it.  We were able to bring all the elements and charm of New Orleans into various aspects of the city.  The wedding was held at a romantic, historic mansion, full of charm, with distinctive, dramatic gates, brick walkways and a gazebo.  The signature gates of the city were reflected in the gatefold invitations that we made, and the local “flavors” of the city were represented in the products used in the welcome amenities.  The colors of sky blue, ivory and light peach were integrated throughout the event; the ivory and light peach, the accent colors, were used to intimate the warmth of candlelight.

Photos provided by Priscialla Wannamaker Photographer, Benachi House and the bride and groom.

We were able to include some fun surprises for the bride and groom … such as a visit by the amazing violinist Amanda Shaw, who strolled up the front walkway performing “Lovers’ Waltz.”  She then broke into one of her signature Cajun tunes, “Dance a Carre.”  Check her out at www.amandashaw.com.

For additional photos and information about the wedding, check out the Benachi House and Gardens’ website.

After a celebratory, exquisite, amazing dinner at Emeril’s Delmonico Restaurant, the bride and groom continued the party in the French Quarter, where the fun continued into the wee hours of the morning.  We wish them the very best and a long and happy life together!

With love,

Eve, Sarah and Stephanie