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Real Destination Wedding: Maria and Steven's DIY Wedding in Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Maria and Steven created the DIY wedding of their dreams on Tortola. Enjoy this gallery and get inspired for your own wedding day creations.

Real Destination Wedding: Maria and Steven's DIY Wedding in Tortola, British Virgin Islands

"The sun was starting to set, and the speakers were playing ‘She’s Royal’ by Tarrus Riley as I walked down a grassy aisle to an ocean-view bluff, where Steven stood waiting for me. It was March 21, 2015, and 56 of our closest family members and friends formed a half-circle around us, smiling widely as we said our own vows. Our friend, Tyler Harris, officiated. The setting was Stanley’s Welcome Villas and Carrie’s Island Comfort Inn, where we stayed; afterward, we walked to De Wedding Beach Bar & Restaurant for the reception. Christina Tatum Designs (one of my bridesmaids) decorated the space with wildflowers, painted starfish and multicolored glasses from home.Our story started four years prior when I moved to Jacksonville Beach, Florida, for law school and met Steven, a member of the Navy, through a co-worker. He popped the question by waking me up at 5 a.m. for sunrise. We love to travel and had been to Tortola several times, so we knew it was our spot. Our guests arrived Wednesday, and we hosted a full-day catamaran/snorkeling trip for everyone with Mystique Charters. All the men wore Hawaiian shirts to a rehearsal dinner of ribs and chicken at Quito’s Gazebo. Our reception at De’s turned into a dance party and continued with barhopping until 4 a.m. The next day, we drank mimosas and sat on the beach. It was such a wonderful weekend — like being in college again with all of your best friends, except it was five years after we’d graduated.” — Maria Coutu

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Real Destination Wedding: Maria and Steven's DIY Wedding in Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Maria and Steven, in a Katie May dress and duds by Hurley. “I gave bridesmaids free rein to buy their own dresses, but they needed to be short, white, lacy and free-flowing,” says Maria.

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Real Destination Wedding: Maria and Steven's DIY Wedding in Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Friend Alana Wilson made the bouquets; a small tin tied to Maria’s held her father’s ashes.

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Real Destination Wedding: Maria and Steven's DIY Wedding in Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Flamingos from Etsy shop lovenesting adorned the authentic black rum cake, made by local baker Wendy Lewis.

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Real Destination Wedding: Maria and Steven's DIY Wedding in Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Stationery was by Paper Stories.

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Real Destination Wedding: Maria and Steven's DIY Wedding in Tortola, British Virgin Islands

The couple stood on the blanket they used for a picnic after Steven proposed.

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Real Destination Wedding: Maria and Steven's DIY Wedding in Tortola, British Virgin Islands

A DIY gold-painted pineapple centerpiece.

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Real Destination Wedding: Maria and Steven's DIY Wedding in Tortola, British Virgin Islands

A private pre-ceremony moment.

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Real Destination Wedding: Maria and Steven's DIY Wedding in Tortola, British Virgin Islands

A surfboard served as a guest book.

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