This was not your average destination wedding. Firstly, there was the ceremony officiation by famed mixologist Toby Maloney. How often do you see a bride and groom enjoying a cocktail as part of their “I-do’s?” This was not your average cocktail either, we are talking about a concoction of lavender and cucumber infused Hendrick’s gin (my favorite and oh so difficult to find on the island), bitters, mint, and the dab of genius Toby is famous for. Needless to say the ceremony set the tone for the rest of the day and this group was all about the party. As a matter of fact, when it came time to exit the cocktail hour at The Lounge and head to Grill Rouge for dinner, the group clearly desired to linger longer. When wedding planner Teresa Brunner of Tropical Destination Management Company, finally had escorted the entire party of 70 in small groups of a reluctant five or seven, the meal was served in a jiff so this couple could get on with their evening. The beautiful and spunky bride Jackie wowed the entire Grace Bay Club with her serenade to her new husband. The waitstaff stopped and huddled in pairs, the nearby anacaona restaurant patrons adjusted their chairs to turn her direction, and even the infiniti bar fell silent. Turns out our bride Jackie is a professional singer. After a huge wave of applause the fun loving couple went on with their first dances, their fun, and (rumor has it) a toss in the pool! Congratulations to Jackie and Shawn!
PKS: How did you first become introduced to the Turks and Caicos Islands?
JB: Summer of 1992, School for Field Studies, South Caicos
PKS: Wow! What was that experience like and what was the lasting impression?
JB: Spent the summer marine mapping for the fisheries department. Diving the pristine waters completely spoiled all future diving experiences, creating a yearning to return to such an amazingly beautiful paradise. I am super excited to start diving again, this time with my 15 year old daughter who will be certified next week.
PKS: What or who influenced your move to the TCI?
JB: I am an island girl at heart!
PKS: Has your career always included the arts?
JB: Always! I love making things beautiful whether it be a piece of paper, canvas, furniture, a room, or an entire home…
PKS: Who is your favorite artist or favorite artist of the moment?
JB: Stacie Steensland Gaudet of course, I am patiently waiting for her latest to enter the gallery.
PKS: Awesome answer but which artist would you dream about having a piece of work hanging in the gallery or in your home, in an ideal world?
JB: I would love to have “Almond Blossom” by Van Gogh, painted to welcome the birth of his nephew, hanging over a soaking tub in my master bath.
PKS: What is your favorite medium?
JB: Oils, I love texture
PKS: What do you like best about the Framing Grace business?
JB: I love to see the finished product, especially a piece of child’s art beautifully matted and framed into a piece that anyone, not just the parent, would adorn.
PKS: What aspect do you appreciate the most about living in the Turks and Caicos Islands?
JB: The ease of living allows for much more time to spend with my children.
I encourage everyone to visit the gallery and have their own chat with Joelle! Summer Hours Monday Friday 12-2pm or by appointment 649.333.1339