As a Destination Wedding paradise, Sint Maarten's unique dual nation status lends itself well to couples wanting to offer their guests a little European and a lot of Caribbean. Sint Maarten offers the perfect background, and the choices are abundant. Be it a cozy beach wedding or a sophisticated wedding at a villa, in a garden, on a cruise, mega yacht or at one of our many resorts. Let Sint Maarten Marry-Me help you plan that pefect wedding in paradise.

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marry-me beach-planes 800Have you ever dreamed of a Caribbean Wedding? Why not make this dream a reality and exchange your vows on the white sandy beaches of Sint Maarten? St Maarten boasts of clear blue waters and over thirty-seven white sandy beaches each offering its own breath taking sunrise and sunset. This dual Island paradise offers everything from five star accommodations and gourmet restaurants, to a wide variety of shopping and activities for your guests. 

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Michael and Katerina Wolmarans’s Wedding Story
By Puja Chugani


Many of us have dreamed of finding true love on a cruise ship and in 2010 this dream came true for Michael and Katerina who shared the story of their whirlwind courtship with us so that we could tell you all about their unforgettable wedding.

Michael and Katerina both worked on the same cruise ship, but it took a twist of fate for them to finally meet. Katerina was the assistant casino manager and one of her dealers celebrated a birthday in January and Michael was invited to the party, which is when he and Katerina met. They then worked together on a project a week later, which allowed them to get to know each other even better and they both knew pretty quickly that this relationship was something special.

destination_wedding_2Michael proposed to Katerina on Valentine’s day with a special surprise. He went into Katerina’s room and decorated it with flowers, red hearts, balloons, streamers and champagne. Katerina had a clue that Michael was up to something when she noticed small heart and love cut outs all over the corridor leading to her room. When she entered, she saw the same cut outs sprinkled all over the bed, with two champagne glasses placed carefully in the middle. Michael proposed that night, but he had another surprise planned for Katerina the next day.

After they both finished work, they went to the back deck of the ship, where a bouqutet of roses and champagne were waiting for them. Michael arranged for one of the cruise musicians to serenade them by saxophone, and while Katerina was taking this all in, Michael went down on his knee and gaver her a scroll with a ring tied at the bottom. Once they removed the ring from the scroll, which was a bit of a struggle given Michael's knot tying ability, Michael proposed again. Of course Katerina said yest, what girl could resist after a proposal like that?

The couple love the Caribbean. It is where they met, got engaged and ultimately settled down. St Maarten holds a special meaning for the couple, as they had many long romantic walks on the beach here and the cruise ship visits to St Maarten were timed very conveniently for them.

Michael and Katerina both wanted a beach wedding so they turned to St Maarten Marry Me for thelp with planning their special day and the team did not disappoint. Marry Me helped with finding the perfect location and coordinating the details. They even helped with making sure the couple's documents were in order and made calls to Michael's family in South Africa. The couple tied the know on April 4 2010, Easter Sunday. Since weddings are not normally performed on Easter Sunday, St Maarten Marry Me went above and beyond to make this happen for them.

Michael and Katerina put a lot of personal touches into planning their wedding. They designed their own invitiations that were made out of foam boards and looked like flip flops, which went perfectly with their beach theme. Michael also came up with a unique way for Katerina to make her entrance during the ceremony. She sailed in on a dinghy, as Michael and the guests watched her approach from the beach. Michael explained, "The whole idea behind this was that we met at sear, on a ship, so I wanted to represent the way Katerina was brought into my Life."

Their wedding ceremony was perfect with enough heart, love and humor for everyone. Katerina explained that the minister read vows that were so apt that is was almost as if the couple wrote them themselves. She also laughed as she said, “the minister asked me if I am sure I want to do this right before I signed, but she never asked Michael, who didn’t miss why she only asked me. It was a very memorable day filled with love and magic.” The entire day was so special, with everything planned in great detail making it unforgettable not only for the couple but also for their guests.

destination_wedding_3Since the wedding was very spontaneous and the couple’s family lives in far flung locations – Katerina is from Bulgaria and Michael is from South Africa – there was not enough time for their family and friends from home to arrange their visas and flights. However their wedding guests consisted of 28 of their closest friends and colleagues from the cruise ship.

The newlyweds highly recommend a wedding in St Maarten. They both say, “go ahead, you will never be sorry. It is an amazing place to choose for a wedding, with such a wide variety of beaches and resorts.” Add to this a wedding planning agency that can help turn your dreams into reality and your day can be even more special than you ever imagined.

Although Michael and Katerina had to board the ship again after their wedding ceremony and continue on their way, after they left the ship, they went for their honeymoon in Nassau, Bahamas and then eventually settled down in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. They plan to return to St Maarten to celebrate their anniversary, indulge in a nice hotel and explore the island even more.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon, Mr & Mrs Wolmarans. Congratulations!





We thank DESTINATION MAGAZINE for the permission to republish this article.

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