Call it coincidence or call it destiny, but when Keven Walter and Sarah Yanito first met in Grand Cayman Island, they felt like they had already shared a lifetime together.
“Our families coincidentally have timeshares at the same resort. We had both been going there since we were in diapers, but every year had come a week or two apart,” Sarah says.
It was 2008 when their spring breaks finally overlapped, and their paths serendipitously crossed. Though Sarah lived near Cleveland and Keven lived near Toledo, they reconnected a year later and made their relationship official a month before graduating high school. Soon, they both enrolled at the University of Cincinnati. “College brought us here, and now it’s our home,” Keven says.
Now residing in Mt. Lookout, Sarah and Keven had no doubt that Grand Cayman—the beloved island that brought them together—would star in their wedding. But knowing it would be challenging for many people to make the trip to the island, they decided to host two celebrations: one in Cayman and one near home.
First was an intimate ceremony at their families’ resort in Cayman. With toes in the sand and the ocean as their backdrop, the couple said “I do” under a natural driftwood arch before 22 guests. The bridesmaids were draped in either blush hues or a tropical print of palms and coral on blush, which segued to the groomsmen’s bowties, Keven’s pocket square, and other tropical details. Guests dined on fresh lobster and danced to live reggae with Keven’s and Sarah’s childhood-favorite Cayman musician, Lammie.
A few weeks later, the newlyweds hosted 170 guests on the terrace at Hotel Covington for a larger island-inspired celebration. Tropical flowers, ferns, palms, and conch shells (which the couple, avid divers, had collected themselves) accented the evening with pops of orange and bright yellow—once again inspired by the bridesmaids’ dresses. A surf-and-turf dinner duet came infused with citrus flair, followed by a mango passion fruit coconut cake with decadent gold embellishments.
In lieu of guest books, guests signed a conch shell in Cayman and a surfboard in Covington—now both on display in the couple’s home to remind them of their paradise wedding celebrations.
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Ceremony: Morritt’s Tortuga Club, Cayman Islands | Reception: Hotel Covington | Flowers: Robin Wood Flowers, Celebrations (Cayman) | Cake: Maribelle Cakery, The Cake Studio (Cayman) | Catering: Hotel Covington | Reception Music: DJ ETrayn | Gown: Grace Loves Lace, London | Groom’s Attire: Ticknor’s | Bridesmaid Gowns: Show Me Your Mumu | Invitations/Favors: Minted | Makeup and Hair: Kate Sowder, Jackie Soriano (Cayman) | Nails: Spruce Nail Salon | Videography: Pinelight Films | Transportation: My Party Bus