Island Loving: Stars Who Wed in the Caribbean
JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD
VANESSA & NICK LACHEY
Wedding 101: If you want guests to RSVP yes, fly them to the British Virgin Islands. In July 2011, the couple surprised 35 friends and family with invites in the form of plane tickets to Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island. "We told them they were going away and the attire was 'island chic.' It was all very vague," the groom said.
BROOKE BURKE & DAVID CHARVET
The islands are all about the crystal blue water, which Burke made the focus of her August 2011 wedding to Charvet on a sailboat anchored off a private beach in St. Barts. "To stand with David in the middle of the Caribbean Sea and exchange our promise to one another seemed so powerful and meaningful," she said of the "secret mission."
KELLIE PICKLER & KYLE JACOBS
The American Idol alum traded a big hometown to-do for an elopement in Antigua, where she married songwriter Jacobs in a sunset ceremony in January 2011. The Caribbean celebration included an intimate dinner on the beach at the Jumby Bay resort, where, Pickler says, "we danced by the bonfire and had champagne and the most amazing food." Island life clearly agreed with the singer, who Tweeted shortly after: "Private Island. Caribbean. Cigar in one hand, Rum in the other. Someone just called me "Mrs. Jacobs."….sounds nice :)"
MARIAH CAREY & NICK CANNON
No need to book a hotel ballroom when you've got a private oceanfront estate. For their April 2008 surprise wedding, the couple jetted to Carey's under-the-radar Bahamian getaway off the island of Eleuthera. The beach ceremony in front of a handful of friends "was really beautiful and sweet... very understated," said Carey. And instead of walking back down the aisle, after they kissed Cannon carried his bride into the nearby waves.
TIGER WOODS & ELIN NORDEGREN
Caribbean doesn't always mean low-key: This October 2004 wedding at Barbados resort Sandy Lane included 200 guests, armed security guards, four tents and 500 red roses. But we're sure that sea breeze kept everyone calm.
CINDY CRAWFORD & RANDE GERBER
It doesn't get more Caribbean-chic than these two, who wed at Paradise Island's Ocean Club in May 1998 in front of nearly 100 guests. The ceremony: sandy. The theme: no pomp or pretension, with décor that reflected the island's natural colors. And thanks to Crawford's short ecru lace John Galliano slipdress, destination brides decided barefoot and beachy was the way to go.