Sandy Malone dishes on filming “Wedding Island,” planning a successful destination wedding, and what it’s like to work on island time.Sandy Malone acting as minster on one of the weddings filmed for Wedding Island. All photographs courtesy of TLC.
Sandy Malone, a Washington-area native and the owner of Weddings in Vieques, the only wedding-planning company based in Vieques Island, is set to star in TLC’s new wedding reality series Wedding Island. Set to premiere tonight, the show follows Malone and her crew, which includes her SWAT team commander-turned-wedding-staffer husband, as she navigates through the challenges of planning a successful destination wedding on an island where “nothing is simple and everything is complicated.”
Following a successful career in political journalism, public relations, and public affairs, Malone switched to wedding planning after her own nuptials on Vieques in 2004. When the event planner she hired let her down, Sandy took matters into her own hands and did it herself in under three months. “We didn’t get to relax and have fun the way brides and grooms should,” says Malone, who bought a home in Vieques and founded her company soon after. Since then, Malone has launched Weddings in Culebra, an event planning company on Vieques’s sister island; Flowers in Vieques, a floral firm; and Boutique in Vieques, a clothing and home decor store, becoming one of the largest employers on the island.
We caught up with the wedding-planning guru, who now splits her time between her home in Vieques and her condo in Germantown, Maryland, to get the scoop on the new show and how to plan an incredible destination wedding.Keep Reading ...