Monthly Archives: June 2011

Wed Day- JP and Michelle

  Today will mark the last Wed Day you will see here on pepper & pikey.  I will now be collaborating with Teresa Brunner of tropicaldmc on her very own blog (stay tuned for the web adress!)  which will profile all the many weddings and events she coordinates flawlessly (and many that I decorate and style for).  To go out with a bang, here is a lovely little wedding we did last year.

All images by Diana M. Lott photography
“Taken” was big theme within this wedding, an adorable reference to JP’s genius grandfather who wore a necklace that read just that to ward off other women.  Smart man, grooms take note!  

These two had a very carefree, laid back vibe about them, which was a very good characteristic given their wedding day.  The tropicaldmc team finished setting bright white paper lanterns draped elegantly over the pool and such was the sight that we all had to stand back and admire how gorgeous they looked at this Long Bay location.  I remember wishing I had my camera to take a few shots as the sky was this brilliant shade of blue that framed the paper lanterns just perfectly with the turquoise pool in the foreground and the beach in the background.  Unfortunately there wasn’t time.  We left in a hurry to pick up flowers and a few other supplies and received the call.. . . the call you never want to receive on a wedding day.  RAIN!  Lots of rain that came fast and furious and with virtually no warning!  We rushed back to the property to find all those lovely white paper lanterns soggy, torn, and flopping on the strand of lights.  It was a sight that nearly made us all weep.  There would not be time to hang more.  I quickly put the ladder in the pool and raced to get all the evidence out of sight before the guests arrived.  The family must have had a good laugh at me fully clothed in the pool, struggling with the ladder, cutting down what was left. 
I reluctantly went into the kitchen and was met with Michelle’s saddened face peering out the window.  She was such a trooper, I saw not one tear fall!  It was a terrible shame that mischevious rain wiped out those poor paper lanterns, but these two could not be dampened by mother nature’s curve ball.
They had done so much with all the little DIY details.
They put on their smiles and had the best time regardless!  Brides and grooms should all make that decision before the big day that, no matter what happens, enjoy it to the fullest and take every moment as a blessing.
JP and Michelle, not only are you a special couple, you were model clients that handled your day with such poise.  Thank you so much for your adaptability.  We know you two are able to weather any storm, big or small, and hope to see you back in the Turks and Caicos to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary!
Their invitations mimicked boarding passes, great idea for a destination wedding!
To see more of this wedding, please visit One Lovely Day and pretty little weddings and chez wedd (my this wedding is popular!)

Father’s Day

  I’m a tad tardy on this but I do believe I have heard dad say a time or two, “better late than never.”  Yesterday I met with a journalist writing a book about conservation, here in the Turks and Caicos and throughout the world (stay posted for more to come on that topic) so I didn’t have the chance to get this post done quite in time. Yesterday’s Father’s Day is the very first my father has spent as a retired man!  Last Wednesday, June 15th, marked Larry’s last day at the company he has loyally given his service to for over 20 years.  His nearly 35 year career as a heavy equipment salesman, traveling all over the great state of Wyoming, plus Colorado, Utah, Montana, and beyond, is formally finished.
Now it’s time to . . . . .  
tinker with your favorite toys,

take to the open road on two wheels,
and take the time to have a beer with your buddies!
Congratulations Dad!  Your family can’t thank you enough for all of your hard work over the years; all the icy roads, the long weeks away from home, and the rough days. I can’t ever recall you having anything but laughs and loyalty from your many customers.  Your attitude was always pleasant and professional, an attribute I aspire to very much in my own career.  Cheers to you, hats off!

Potcake Place

One of the most near and dear to my heart not for profits in the Turks and Caicos is potcake place.  We welcomed a potcake into our lives in 2004 and have had so much joy thanks to her.  She makes us laugh each and every day!  The first time I couried a puppy to a forever home was in 2007, Houdina/Serendipity, a sweet girl who journeyed with us to New York where she was introduced to her new family.  Since then there have been many trips and many fosters.  The butterball pictured above was with us last February, she had made quite the impression on a group of riders at provo ponies and within a record breaking 24 hours gained so much popularity she found her forever home.

As soon as she was on a plane to Washington, we discovered she had a brother (the similar looking fuzzy bundle pictured above left).  Once Mike and Susan, the parents of the newly named Caicos, heard the news, they welcomed “Turks” to the family with open arms.  Here they are reunited, enjoying the cozy company of eachother and their new home (above right photo by Mike and Susan).

Photo provided by Mike and Susan

Turks and Caicos are quite the lucky pair!  I am certain that these two  are loving their new lives as trail guides, trotting alongside these horses within the Washington wilderness!

Meet our new foster, found just two days ago in South Dock.  She grinned depsite her white gums and bony little limbs and had us at hello.  She is now well on her way to getting healthy and hopefully in another couple of weeks she will be just as plump as all puppies should be!

We are still considering names for this little tyke, but she will be ready for her forever home in a few weeks.  Potcake Place now has a new home themselves thanks to the generosity of veterinarian Mark Woodring and Animal House.  If you are visiting the Turks and Caicos and would like to meet and greet a potcake or two, please stop by their location in SaltMills-Plaza.  You may meet a potcake you can’t live without like Lily . . . . 

or this tiny little lapdog I got to babysit for a Potcake Place volunteer’s all too quick trip into the Graceway Gourmet at last Saturday’s market.  These three adorable potcake pups are looking for forever homes, can you help them find one? If you would like to lend your assistance to this great organisation please visit potcake place – how you can help page.

Wed Day – Stephanie and Andy

Last month I posted about the styling I did for the wedding of stephanie-and-andy and asked readers to stay posted for more pro photos to come from brilliant.  Not only do I have a few photos from their big day, but I also have a teaser from their sail provo boat trip aboard the 52ft Arielle.
There is no better way to enjoy Turks and Caicos azure seas then out on the open water.  What a great way to enjoy the time with family and friends.
Speaking of friends, Stephanie is lucky to have these sweethearts.  Each and every one of them were wonderful to be around.
The private elevated beach at footprints on the beach villa makes a beautiful platform for a wedding.
These floating lily lanterns needed to be photographed at just the right time to get these incredible reflections in the pool.  Nice job Brilliant!