Meet St. John’s “Barefoot Minister” –
Anne Marie Porter
Photo courtesy of Yelena
on the beach have become a dream-come-true for more and more
couples. Additionally, husbands and wives frequently take advantage
of tropical vacations to renew their vows in paradise. On the
island of St. John – a.k.a “Love City” –
one of the most celebrated connections to those dreams is Anne
Marie Porter. A resident for more than three decades, she garnered
the title “Barefoot Minister” for officiating at
hundreds of seaside ceremonies – from intimate nuptials
to gala gatherings.
courtesy of Yelena Rogers
Anne Marie is available to assist the bride and groom with everything
from applying for a U.S. Virgin Islands marriage license to
choosing the perfect beach venue. A multi-denominational,
interfaith wedding officiant, the “Barefoot Minister”
is renowned for customizing each ceremony. Additionally, she
is uniquely positioned to connect couples with local resources
ranging from photographer to florist, musicians, catering services,
transportation, accommodations, and more.
Day has always been a favorite time for couples to visit St.
John. For that reason, 16 years ago Anne Marie decided to enhance
the enchanting experience by providing a group ‘vow renewal
ceremony’ at Trunk Bay. The sunset tradition continued
— until this year.
to the pandemic, the 2021 event will not take place. However,
keep in mind Anne Marie remains available for individualized
services and celebrations. During this month of love, why
not renew your vows in Love City, St. John? What a romantic
experience! Although the popular Valentine’s Day
group vow renewal is canceled due to COVID-19, an intimate service
can be arranged with Anne Marie Porter.
Barefoot Minister specializes in beach weddings and vow renewals,
custom designed to please couples – and family members.
For additional information call her at 340-626-4658.
On The Bay Resort & Villas
2019 US News and World Report – “Why Go To U.S.
Virgin Islands “
U.S. Virgin Islands are “America’s Caribbean Paradise”
— the place to see moko jumbies dance at a Carnival parade,
hear the lilting patois of a Creole dialect or smell the spices
in a saltfish pate (all without losing cell phone reception).
You can visit either St. Thomas, St. John or St. Croix, or better
yet, spend a little time on all three islands. That way you’ll
get plenty of pampering, undisturbed nature and colonial history
jammed into one vacation. And bonus: you can pay for everything
with U.S. dollars.