Awesome Caribbean Weddings is a small company with a fantastic brief. We are a dedicated wedding planning company based in St Lucia, which is one of the most romantic destinations in the World. Set up by two friends from England who have been in St Lucia for around twenty years, Awesome Caribbean Weddings has an extremely broad range of imaginative suggestions that will help you turn your wedding day into something exceptional and very special.
Awesome Caribbean Weddings was set up in 1999 by two Englishwomen: Kayt Cooper, a fashion designer and artist, and Michele Ince, who was using her human resources background and training to work and travel the world. They came to St Lucia independently in the early 1990s and became friends. The first wedding that they organized was Michele’s own. She married on an Atlantic beach, barefoot, with the distant breakers rolling in, and danced in the sand for their reception.
Then, on the strength of it, two scuba diver friends asked them to arrange an underwater themed wedding for them. They organized a catamaran decorated with “seaweed” and tropical fish and a wedding arch made to resemble an underwater grotto, complete with sharks swimming by. Guests dressed to theme. There were Neptunes, a gorgeous mermaid, sub mariners and scuba divers. Kayt dyed her hair blue for the occasion while Michele had an underwater scene painted on her body. The cake was in the shape of a diving mask. Awesome Caribbean Weddings was born from there.
In September 2006 Fenella Mathurin joined our team and has become a fully fledged wedding planner and the office manager.
Kayt and her husband Hugh moved to St. Lucia since 1992. Their daughter Rell was born on the island and they all love the Caribbean life. Kayt is originally from the UK and was a fashion designer before moving to St. Lucia and completely changing her life plan! She enjoys the outdoor life; running, hiking, time on the beach and her interests include a holistic lifestyle and healing.
Kayt recently relocated back to the UK and now handles sales and marketing for our UK clients.
“I get real satisfaction from communicating with couples, planning their unique wedding and especially love seeing their massive smiles on the day. Awesome Caribbean Weddings is not just a job it’s our passion.”
Michele came to St Lucia in 1993 from the UK, via New Zealand, and promptly fell in love with both the island and her husband-to-be. Married now for 15 years and blessed with a plethora of rescue dogs as well as owning a successful restaurant and bar, Michele and Duncan simply can’t imagine living their life anywhere else. Michele started out her career in Human Resources and Staff Training and loves to be around people.
“Helping someone plan their wedding day is a real buzz; I love being surrounded by the happy smiles and joyful emotions that everyone feels at such a special time. I have one of the best jobs in the world.”
Fenella started working with Awesome Caribbean Weddings four months and one day after her beautiful daughter was born and has had a lot of fun watching both Arianna and the company grow! Fenella’s previous experience was as a legal secretary and a catwalk model, she certainly brings a lot of grace and style to her work. She loves her role as a wedding planner and finds it extremely interesting.
“Meeting lots of different people makes my job so fulfilling. Assisting people in making their dream wedding day a reality is a very special feeling, seeing the bride’s face as she’s about to walk down the aisle is priceless. I love it, too, when couples email me after the event to tell me what a special day they had, that makes me feel like I’ve done my job well.”