KELSEY ADAMS & CASEY FLANA­GAN

Real Weddings - - Celebrations -

SEPTEM­BER 6, 2015

| NAS­SAU, BA­HAMAS

fter shop­ping count­less trunk shows and bridal sa­lons, Kelsey Adams was frus­trated: She had spot­ted the gown she wanted on­line but couldn’t find it any­where. A mar­ket­ing an­a­lyst for a depart­ment store, she was about to or­der a “good enough” choice when di­vine (fash­ion) in­ter­ven­tion struck. “The dress I’d been ob­sessed with was just hang­ing be­hind a counter at the store,” she says. Af­ter a try-on, tears (from the sales as­so­ciate), and FaceTime with Mom, she be­came its proud owner.

The gown wasn’t the first time fate had Kelsey cir­cling back to a first love. She met Casey Flana­gan, a fi­nan­cial re­search an­a­lyst, when they were fresh­men at South­ern Methodist Univer­sity in Dal­las in 2008, and they dated for al­most three years be­fore break­ing up when each went on a se­mes­ter abroad. The sep­a­ra­tion lasted 18 months, but by 2013, the Dal­las duo were an item again. In 2014, dur­ing a trip to Napa, Cal­i­for­nia, for a wed­ding, Casey pro­posed on a beach out­side San Fran­cisco. “I was shocked!” re­calls Kelsey.

As with the gown and the groom, there was re­ally only one choice for the venue: the Ly­ford Cay Club in the Ba­hamas. Casey’s par­ents own a res­i­dence there—and even lived in the Ba­hamas when he was a baby—and he and Kelsey had vis­ited of­ten. On La­bor Day week­end, the pair hosted a re­hearsal din­ner for fam­ily and at­ten­dants at the re­sort’s yacht club, be­fore lead­ing a “Junkanoo” pro­ces­sional to a beach shack where other guests awaited them. Af­ter the Chris­tian cer­e­mony the next day (at which her child­hood friends re­cited a psalm they had all mem­o­rized in school), she and Casey wanted to treat their 215 guests to a true Ba­hamian ex­pe­ri­ence. The re­cep­tion was full of is­land touches, from the hors d’oeu­vres—in­clud­ing conch frit­ters with guava sauce served on the ter­race dur­ing cock­tail hour—to the six-tier co­conut cake soaked in lo­cal co­conut rum. “It was amaz­ing to be sur­rounded by all our friends and fam­ily on an is­land that was al­ready so spe­cial to us,” says Casey. Some might even say that, like the dress, it was meant to be. — Becky Mickel

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