love shoot #26: it’s a flip flop kinda day {melissa & pete}


Today’s wedding is something a bit different…   Melissa & Pete created a relaxed harbour-side celebration, where the day revolved around flip flops and a lot of fun!  The bride arrived at the wedding venue by boat, and the ceremony was followed by a sunset cocktail cruise for the bridal party!

From the flip flops to the pink shorts, sunglasses and sunshine , I love the laid-back island style of their day!  They included  mother-son and father-daughter dances as a really sweet touch, and then the wedding party really tore it up on the dancefloor!  Well, what do you expect when you marry an Aussie and Bermudian?!

The fun was captured by Bermudian photographer Alex Masters.  With a clean, crisp style Alex captures laid-back island style with an elegant touch.

I caught up with Melissa for all the details on their day:

We first met at a beach rugby event in Bermuda. Pete is Australian and I am Bermudian. At the beach rugby I had gone for a swim and had an Australian flag towel wrapped around me and Pete came up and started chatting! I was taking my final CA exams in the next few weeks so didn’t see Pete for about a month. After my exams I went on a night out and bumped into him again however his interest was elsewhere. I then was off to Spain and England for 2 weeks. When I came back I went out for the night and saw him again and we started chatting and it was love from then on in! Pete started a tradition of “date nights” where each of us took turns each month to plan a date and keep it a surprise. In January 2010 it was Petes turn and it was a beautiful day and he said to meet him at Elbow Beach after work. I drove to Elbow Beach and Pete was there waiting for me. We went for a walk down the beach and came to a rock and behind the rock he had a little bonfire going and some champange and nibbles. We sat on the blanket on the beach talking for a while. I started to get cold and said lets start heading home and thats when he asked me. So romantic and perfect! 

Pete and I are very laid back people therefore did not want a formal wedding. We looked around and different venues in Bermuda to find the perfect place. Pete loves the water and boats and the plan was we wanted somewhere where we could have a boat involved. We finally decided on the 9 Beaches Resort, where we found our wedding planner, Phyllis Soares. Everything was going so smoothly,  however about 6months before the event bad news came that the 9 Beaches Resort was shutting down for redevelopment! Panic started and Pete and my family and I were all brainstorming of locations where we could have the wedding. After a few days we finally thought of The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club . My mum knows the general manager there and called him to find out if the date was available and it was so the planning began. It ended up being the PERFECT location for us. Everything fell into place so smoothly and it was almost a blessing in disguise that the original location fell through.

We wanted to have ensure that everyone was going to have a great time. We didn’t want to have anything formal just wanted people to enjoy themselve and keep everything simple. Pete and I had very similar ideas when it came to the wedding for example we didn’t want assigned seating for the dinner so we just had a buffet dinner and had tables for people to sit if they wanted. 

We created our wedding theme around our favours which were flip flops. Every guest got a pair of flip flops (girls pink and boys blue) and we had a sign that had “its a flip flop kinda day”. Our invites had the flip flops at the top of them as well. For years I had always said when I got married I definately wanted to have flip flops as my favours so I think that idea just stuck with me.

Melissa and Pete added lots of personal touches throughout their wedding celebrations, in unique Aussie & Bermudian style!

For our rehersal dinner we had an Aussie/Bermy backyard Bermuda where we had some Australian and Bermudian food – we invited all of our overseas guests, family, bridal party and anyone who was helping out with our wedding day. Also we had a kanagroo pinatia filled with candy and small bottles of Bermuda rum and everyone had a plain boomerang on their table and they could design their own boomerangs!  On the actual wedding we had the boat that I arrived in and that the bridal party went out on afterwards with a “Just Married” sign on the back and we had a rum swizzle fountain (popular drink in Bermuda) and we had a personalized wedding runner created by Cherin Szul of Customized Wedding Creations.

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Our first dance was Amazed by Lonestar. It took us a while to decide on a first dance song we listened and wanted to find lyrics that were perfect for us. This song seemed to capture it all. The first dance with my dad was I Loved Her First by Heartland and Pete danced with his mum to Somewhere over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole on the ukele.

Any advice for future brides?

Enjoy planning the wedding – don’t get stressed over the little things as everything will fall into place perfectly on the actual day. On your wedding day remember yourself and take in every moment as it goes by so fast however it is so much fun and the more you take in the more memories you will have that will last you a lifetime!

Melissa & Pete are celebrating their marriage again in August with an Aussie reception with family and friends.  If their wedding is anything to go by, I’m thinking it’s going to be a serious party!  I hope your marriage is full of love and lots of fun!!

If you’d like to find out more about Alex Master’s wedding photography, check out his latest work here.


Dress – L’Elite Bridal,  Boston
Veil & Accessories – Veil and the hair pin L’Elite Bridal;  earrings and bracelet by a local Bermudian artist
Venue – The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club
Minister – Reverand Nick Dill (from St.Johns Church in Bermuda)
Coordinator – Awesome Events Bermuda – Phyllis Soares
Flowers/Decor – Mother of the bride and friends
Hair – Jenna Martin at Newstead Salon
Makeup – Natasha Rosdol
Groom’s Outfit – Traditional Bermuda shorts from the English Sports Shop in Bermuda, Monogrammed shirt from Ralph Lauren
Catering – The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club
Cake – The Barefoot Baker
Music – DJ Bubbles
Bridesmaids dresses – Anna Elyse


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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