Lauren Lavinger and David Laven’s Multicultural Tropical Wedding On The Exotic Island of Jamaica
Creative Producer Lauren Lavinger and director David Laven first crossed paths in high school. Sparks didn’t quite instantly fly between them until they were re-acquainted some years later in New York City. After dating for over 10 years, David popped the question to her, with his beloved great-grandmother’s ancestral ring.
On their hunt to find the perfect destination for their wedding, they visited Jamaica and instantly fell in love with this unsullied Island. The Rockhouse, a hotel placed on a perfect cliffside in Negril, with the mesmerizing view of the pristine blue waters made a perfect venue for their island wedding.
Since it was an island wedding, the dress code was ‘Island Formal’. The wedding saw an interesting combination of guests dressed up in tuxedos paired with hip sneakers, vibrant colored silk gowns, and some in see-through vintage pajama sets that stayed in tune with the theme.
The celebrations kicked off with a Welcome Dinner hosted by the couple for their guests. Lauren donned a vintage Alaïa gown for the event while David chose a cool-pearl peach kurta with a matching embroidered Nehru Jacket that he paired with sneakers.
The couple’s fathers are both Jewish. David’s mother is Indian and Hindu, and Lauren’s mother is Chamorro, a Catholic from Guam. So, they made the ceremony a multi-faith, non-denominational service. To honor David’s Indian heritage, they even performed the Saat Phere.
On their wedding day, the Chuppah had a tropical look and feel as it was made out of palm leaves, against the astonishing backdrop of the sparkling sea. The rain Gods had been kind and had ceased to give way to soft gray clouds overhead as the bride majestically walked down the aisle with her father. David’s face lit up as soon as he saw his bride arrive. He could not hold back his tears of joy.
The bride’s off-shoulder pearl-white vintage full-sleeve wedding gown was designed by none other than the famous Alexander Wang, who happens to be one of her oldest friends. Her wedding attire was simple yet classic. She drew her design influences from her style icon, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s wedding outfit and Hailey Bieber’s Met Gala look. David donned a white embroidered kurta with a white coat on top of it along with a traditional Jewish Kippah.
The sundowner wedding was followed by a reception and an after-party by the poolside, with lots of merry dancing and fireworks. The live band performed dancehall music closing with reggae rendition of the Hora. The party was then amplified by foot-tapping music. The couple hit the dance floor and surprised their guests with a choreographed Bollywood number they had been practicing for months.
Throughout the event that day, Lauren went from her custom Alexander Wang gown to a classy red Alaia dress, to a Givenchy see-through pearl dress to a matching custom-made ‘Just Married’ t-shirt, and finally, an after pool-party bathing suit giving an apt finale for a day well celebrated.
The next day, as all the wedding revelries ended, the newlyweds and their guests spent their day dipping in the ocean and creating some photo-worthy moments followed by some well-deserved relaxation by the poolside.
A truly tropical end to a truly grand wedding!
Venue: The Rockhouse, Jamaica
Wedding Planners: Alecia Lici Eastwood & Shanique Montague
Bride’s Outfits: Alexander Wang (Wedding), Alaïa & Givenchy (After Party)
Accessories: Art Of Your Mind
Custom Outfits: Art Of Your Mind
Bridal Bouquet: Happy Isles
Entertainment: Silver Birds Steel Drum Band, DJ Amrit, Taurus Riley Band
Photography: Kristen Marie Parker