Paradise Island, Bahamas
Amber Brkich and Rob Mariano were married April 16, 2005 at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The 230 guests received “message in a bottle” invitations, created by RSVP Ink in Amber’s hometown in Pennsylvania.
The televised wedding was coordinated by Colin Cowie and had a beach chic theme, with wet and dry sand and more than 100,000 seashells.
Amber wore a silk chiffon and tulle dress by Arlett Kronk, with a back clasp made from a pin belonging to her grandmother.
Her eight bridesmaids wore floor length turquoise gowns by Teri Jon.
The couple exchanged self-written vows in a non-denominational ceremony officiated by minister JP Reynolds. They were married under a canopy of seashells. At the conclusion of the ceremony, a Bebe Winans-led gospel choir sang “Oh Happy Day,” while carrying tiki torches across the beach.
Following the vows, a reception was held poolside. Lanterns and fabric were strung from palm trees to create a sailboat effect, and each table was covered with turquoise tablecloths and centerpieces of seashells, sand and candles.
As a surprise to the couple, Chris Botti played “When I Fall in Love” on the trumpet for their first dance.
Afterward, dinner was served family-style and included lobster and shrimp.
Dessert was a five-tier tiramisu wedding cake with pearls made of white chocolate.
Later in the evening, a fireworks display lit up the sky before the couple retired to their $25,000-a-night suite at the Atlantis Resort.
They spent a few extra days in the Bahamas before leaving on their honeymoon at the One & Only Palmilla in Cabo San Lucas.