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Justin & Dustee Tucker Jenkins: Caribbean Royalty

Paradise Island, Bahamas — June 26, 2010

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    Dustee and Justin Jenkins tied the knot at the dramatic 12th-century Augustinian cloister at Paradise Island's One&Only Ocean Club.
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    A blissful moment after the ceremony.
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    The bride's "something blue": Christian Louboutin peep-toes.
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    Dustee's wedding ring, designed by Justin.
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    Reception tablescapes included more than 5,000 votive candles and pillars topped with fuchsia hydrangeas and peacock feathers.
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    Groomsmen wore navy and fuchsia ties by Brooks Brothers and peacock feather boutonnieres from Etsy.
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    Bridesmaids donned navy chiffon dresses by Lela Rose, fuchsia high heels, and gold bangle bracelets.
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    Four-tier red velvet cake accented in gold and pearls.
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    Guests posed behind picture frames at the escort table.

When Dustee introduced herself to Justin on their first date, a setup at a Dallas bar in August 2008, he misheard her and thought her name was Destiny. Dustee was offended, but Justin was right—he had just met his destiny.

That became clear as the two started dating (in spite of the initial gaffe), and in September 2009 Justin surprised Dustee with a proposal at a fancy Dallas hotel. This pair is incredibly busy: He practices commercial litigation, she’s VP of communications for Target—and they plan to move to Minneapolis this fall. So as they started planning their nuptials, they were sure of one thing: They wanted a destination wedding.

Dustee had worked on Capitol Hill as director of press for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, and then as the President Bush–appointed director of communications for the Secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD), so she and Justin sought an easy destination for guests from both D.C. and Texas. “I had worked a lot with the ambassador to the Bahamas, so I was familiar with the Bahamian people,” Dustee says. “They very much want people to experience and love their island, so we wanted to share that with people we love.”

The bride and groom shared their big day with 120 people during a stunning outdoor wedding at the One&Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island. The couple wove in Bahamian history with a “Bal du Paradis” (Paradise Ball) theme, using peacock feathers and masquerade masks from New Orleans to reprise the feel of a masquerade ball held on the island in the 1960s. “We didn’t want to do anything ordinary, but do everything a little over the top,” Dustee says.

There was little danger of an ordinary wedding for this couple. Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton (Dustee’s aunt) read an Apache wedding prayer, HUD chief Alphonso Jackson gave a toast, and one of Dustee’s bridesmaids, Emmy Rossum, is a film and TV star (in Showtime’s Shameless). Still, the couple sprinkled in a few surprises just to be safe—including a Bahamian junkanoo band to get the party started. “Out of the background, after we finished our first dance, you just hear a whistle and a bunch of clapping and some drums, and then all of a sudden they start conga lining in,” Justin says. “It was probably the highlight of the party for our guests.” And, just as Dustee desired, far from ordinary.

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