Hi! I'm Sarah Kolis, a custom couture wedding dress designer based in Michigan but serving the whole midwest. I love creating custom gowns and alterations for clients and I have a special love for vintage fashion. Thanks for stopping by!
In the heart of Montego Bay, Jamaica, bride Shina and finacé Andrew embarked on a love-filled journey, exchanging vows against the backdrop of the Caribbean’s turquoise waters and surrounded by the vibrant spirit of the island! This wasn’t just a destination wedding; it was a joyous reunion of family and friends who traveled far and wide to witness the couple’s love story unfold. Shina connected with Sarah Kolis for her bridal alterations and now that her big day is complete, we are so excited that she has shared her magical Montego May wedding story with us! We hope you’re inspired to plan a colorful destination wedding of your own!
Shina’s journey to the perfect wedding dress was not without its challenges. Initial alterations with a prior seamstress left her dissatisfied, with issues in the bustle and fit that threatened her dream bridal look for her perfect day. Enter Sarah, a skilled and empathetic alterations expert who took on the challenge with grace. Sarah not only understood Shina’s concerns but also pulled out all of the stops to reconstruct the dress, ensuring it fit flawlessly. Shina’s advice to future brides echoes the importance of finding someone who can make your dreams come true, emphasizing the invaluable role that a skilled alterations expert like Sarah can play in bringing a vision to life. Want to book bridal alterations with Sarah? Do so here!
“If you’re not 1000% happy with how your dress fits, speak up! Find someone who can make your dreams come true! (If you’ve found Sarah, you’re already there!)”– BRIDE SHINA
For Shina and Andrew, Jamaica was not just a destination; it was a place that held a special spot in their hearts. The couple shared a deep love for the Caribbean and it was where the two took their first vacation together! The decision to have their wedding in Jamaica was also a logistical choice, given the scattered locations of their friends and family across the globe, so it just made sense to bring people together in this united location, and what a location it was! If you’re planning a destination wedding, Sarah can also help you pack your gown appropriately for travel!
The wedding ceremony was a breathtaking affair, set against the stunning backdrop of Montego Bay. Surrounded by the beauty of nature and the soothing sounds of the ocean, Shina and Andrew exchanged vows, marking the beginning of their lifelong journey together. Shina and Andrew’s vibrant wedding vision came to life during their beautiful ceremony! After exchanging vows, the couple participated in the traditions “Jumping the Broom” and “Breaking the Glass.”
“Oh my gosh! That’s my wife! Looking so beautiful in her dress! Everyone talks about how amazing it will be seeing your bride walk down the aisle, but no one prepared me for seeing my bride and the full vision of the wedding come together, all at the same time!”Groom Andrew
For Andrew, the highlight was not just seeing Shina walk down the aisle, but witnessing the entire vision of the wedding come together. The overwhelming sight of Shina in her beautiful dress was only enhanced by the presence of their amazing friends and family, adorned in the wedding colors. It was a moment that encapsulated the love, joy, and beauty of their shared celebration.
The true magic unfolded during the reception when the couple’s first dance concluded, and the DJ called upon the guests to join them on the dance floor. What transpired was nothing short of a joyous eruption of energy and love. Friends and family flooded the dance floor! Shina found herself immersed in the energy, dancing the night away with her loved ones until the very last note. By the way, let’s take a moment to admire that bustle!
Shina and Andrew’s Montego Bay wedding was a testament to love, joy, and the power of celebration. From the shores of Jamaica to the dance floor filled with laughter and joy, every moment was a reflection of the couple’s commitment to creating a day that would be remembered for a lifetime. In the end, the love they shared, the support of their friends and family, and the expertise of professionals like Sarah transformed their wedding day into a magical and unforgettable experience. Check out their wedding gallery below, you can just feel the warmth and joy!
“Thank you Shina for trusting me with your precious gown! It was an absolute joy and honor to work with you! I wish you the best in all of your new life adventures!”Sarah Kolis
Pro Tip: Destination wedding? The team at Sarah Kolis suggests packing your gown into a carry on bag (NOT a checked bag). Bring that bag with you to your final alterations fitting and Sarah herself will package it up for you!
Vendor Credit: Venue (which handled florals, hair and makeup, decor, etc.): Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites, Montego Bay, Jamaica; Photos: Chris Colyard Photography; Day-of stationary (programs, signage): HSR graphics
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