UPDATE: Anne Marie Porter, who lived on St. John since 1981 and made a name for herself as the island’s “Barefoot Minister,” passed away on Aug. 5, 2022.
Weddings 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.
Today, 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.
Valentine’s 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.
Due 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!
A bit about Love City, St. John
From 1963 to 1995, a powerful AM station, Radio Antilles, broadcasting out of Plymouth, Montserrat, played local music from all over the Caribbean. The DJs are credited for nicknaming many islands including Chocolate City Tortola, Sugar City St. Kitts, Music City Virgin Gorda, Queen City Nevis, Emerald Isle Montserrat, Nature Isle Dominica, Rock City St. Thomas, Twin City St Croix — and of course, Love City St. John.