You might want to be sitting down for this one, because this wedding is off the hook! Kim and Evon flew me down to Jamaica for their wedding extravaganza, which began with a rehearsal night at Rick’s Cafe where we watched divers jump from dizzying heights into the Caribbean Ocean. The wedding day was at the beautiful all-inclusive Grand Palladium Resort in Lucea, and then the next day, we had an early morning / almost sunrise trash the dress shoot in Negril (wait for it – it will come out on Monday!). I can’t thank the two of you enough for your amazing hospitality, love, and flexibility – they flew me back to NYC afterwards rather than Boston so I could make an engagement session I’d planned there.
Here is one shot from the rehearsal night – the sunset in Negril at Rick’s Cafe. There were some bad thunderstorms that day so it’s still cloudy
Shoe lovers, I’m just squealing over Kim’s Badgley Mischkas!
Kim’s Saison Blanche dress was a ruffly dream
Their invites were appropriately passport themed. Both Kim and Evon grew up in Jamaica, but they moved to NYC and attended SUNY Buffalo – which is where they met
Kim’s makeup was amazing that day. Everyone looked so gorgeous!
Tons and tons of fuschia pink and green details! Row 1: Rings, parasols, flowers. Row 2: Foot jewelry on the shoes, bling on Kim’s bouquet, the ties for the men. Row 3: Bows on the bridesmaid dresses, bridesmaid shoes, and Evon putting on his tie
I ran over to the guys to get some photos of them
Best groomsmen ever! What a handsome bunch – and they can DANCE
This one cracked me up – they came up with this pose. Usain Bolt!
Hair and makeup ran a little late, so I prioritized getting these gorgeous portraits of Kim
LOVE this dress. love love
I rented a 14-24mm for this wedding that I used for most of the wide shots. So every afternoon in Jamaica, a thunderstorm happens anytime between the hours of 2 – 6 PM. You can see the thunderstorm creeping in on the left. I hurried the bridesmaids along a little bit so that we could still get out on the beach for the ceremony
Beautiful and faithful were their vows. I think the flower girl teared up here
Kim and Evon are all about romance. Just look at that first kiss!
Then… the rain started… we hurried through the sand ceremony… I also caught, of all things, a rainbow!
Then the skies REALLY opened up! We all ran for cover
There was supposed to be a bubble exit. Oh well, this little girl still enjoyed them
Then the rain let up – it always does – and we went straight into photos with the super fun wedding party! I have to tell you guys – even without an assistant for this wedding (a bit nerve wracking considering how huge the resort was and how we couldn’t locate a lot of family members) – I felt SO ON FIRE with their energy and willingness to do whatever it takes to get these amazing shots. You guys rock so much
Bam, bam, bam, bam!
I caught this sunset as we entered the reception
More pink and green details! Row 1: Floating centerpieces with orchids and candles and rose petals, favor, cake (the netting is to prevent flies from attacking it). Row 2: Menu, and favors – Jamaican rum and coffee YUM. Row 3: wide shot of the venue
Evon romances his wife at the end of the first dance
After a delicious Creole dinner, everyone got on the floor! Man, these people really know how to move. And the DJ was just awesome, spinning both US and Jamaican favorites – or even mixing it together
And here are the videographers! Okay, I’ll be very blunt – I LOVE the end product, but so far, my experience working with most of them has been mixed, I currently do not have a preferred one in the Boston area. Many videographers have told me that they’re not intrusive but end up shooting with short primes and only 2 – 3 feet away from the bride and groom during the ceremony, and aren’t looking for me and my signals – that’s okay, I would have preferred advance warning so I can shoot around you. My definition of “unintrusive” means you are stationary and at the back of the ceremony shooting on zooms, or if you have to be in the aisle, you don’t remain there the ENTIRE time. Also, dear brides and grooms, please plan extra time into your formal photos if you have a professional videographer, otherwise we simply cannot do as many photos as I normally do.
Now, if I get married one day and can afford it, I’d get videography. I think it complements the photography products and adds sight and movement, and obviously, records your vows and speeches. I love that we collaborate on certain setups. And the ones who have awesome spotlights during ceremony – spares the batteries on my flash! If you do have a videographer, please tell me in advance as I need to meet with them in advance to understand how they work.
Regardless, Erin and Brett of Shutterbliss Cinema (based in Denver, Colorado) were just simply amazing to work with. Throughout the day, we blocked out our steps and angles at the ceremony and reception, we suggested lighting and poses to each other, and Erin is a master at setting up detail shots. We had an understood way of signaling each other and communicated constantly. I wish they could shoot all my couples’ weddings! These two will go far!
This is the first time EVER I didn’t wear black to a wedding!
We’re not done yet though! Check back next Monday for their jaw-dropping trash the dress session!
Venue and catering: The Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa, Lucea, Jamaica
Bride’s Dress: Saison Blanche Couture, purchased at RK Bridal in New York, NY
Bridesmaid dresses: Impression Bridal
Videographer: Shutterbliss Cinema
Cake: Cakes by Noida
Florist: Tai Flora, Jamaica
Makeup: Loni Jones
DJ: Kevan Stewart, JA Wedding DJ, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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