It’s been some time since I reminded my readers about the awesomeness that is Brooklyn Betrothed! Words can’t express how honored I am to be a co-founder of such an amazing wedding collective. Don’t forget to check in with the blog every now and again, for honest tips and inside information on wedding planning from a group of talented, Brooklyn-based wedding professionals. This month we’ve been focusing on destination weddings, in hopes of warming our readers up a bit during these frigid winter days! Today on the blog, I wrote a bit about choosing a wedding photographer for your destination wedding. Check it out here: Choosing A Destination Wedding Photographer.
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I say it every time I shoot one, but I love destination weddings. And I know you’re thinking, what’s not to love? It’s a vacation! Well, it’s not exactly that, it’s still work and it’s hard work at that (think heavy gear, heat, plane journeys, equipment schlepping!). But I do love it. And my favorite thing about shooting a destination wedding? The time you get to spend with the couple and their guests leading up to the event. It’s totally invaluable.
Being that the bride, Susan, is not just a fellow photographer, but also a great friend, I was honored to when she asked me to capture her wedding day in Hawaii. I’ve known her and her (now) husband (yay!) Steve for a few years and I was really excited!!! Now I’m not gonna lie, Kauai was definitely one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been in my life and shooting there was a total dream. Maybe one day I’ll find the time to go through/post my personal photos from the trip. But first and foremost I bring you their gorgeous wedding on Anini Beach in Kauai.
Congrats to Susan and Steve and thank you to Pat and Tammy (their Maid of Honor and Best Man) for treating me like family all week. I have fantastic memories from this trip because of you all.
So I’m in Kauai and it’s awesome. The twelve hour flight spread across nearly 20 hours of travel, not so awesome, but being here is like a dream come true. Really, I mean it. In the third grade we had to pick a state to make a 3-D poster of and I was dying to get Hawaii. As my teacher went up and down our alphabetical rows I was praying no one would say Hawaii before me. And they didn’t! So I made this (awesome) 3-D map of Hawaii and fell in love, never thinking that I’d ever get the chance to not only be here, but to work here?!? Amazing. Simply amazing.
I’ve been here two days now and (aside from some minor sleeping issues and a cough) it’s been just fabulous. Today is the big wedding day (!) so I thought I would post a few iPhone photos of what I’ve enjoyed so far.
The first drink I consumed here. Literally 20 minutes after landing in Kauai.
Such pretty colors!
One of many roosters (they are like the pigeons of Kauai).
Breakfast at the cutest little spot in Kappa’a
My first delicious coconut water.
Hula cats. Hula Obama.
My lunchtime view.
The orchid that came with my swordfish.
The secret message in the dressing room which lead me to buy three dresses…
The stunning spot where I’ll be shooting a special wedding in just a few short hours.
How exciting is this? I woke up this morning (to… snow?) to find that Vusala and Gurban’s Jamaica wedding was featured on the gorgeous blog, Travel To I Do! Definitely stop by and check it out. It’s a great blog filled with stunning real weddings and helpful tips for planning a destination wedding. Enjoy!
In the past year I’ve been lucky enough to shoot three destination weddings. And in May I’ll be headed to Hawaii to shoot another (can’t wait!). I love doing them, but if I have any downtime, I’m not usually lugging my 5Ds around the resort or town. Here are some of my favorite iPhone shots from my travels to Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya and Montego Bay!
Montego Bay airport bar.
From the bus to Rick’s Cafe (Jamaica).
Airplane wing. En route to Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Barcelo Maya Palace, Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Near the Malecon. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Palm tree. Mexico.
Another palm tree. Jamaica.
Stray kitty. Puerto Vallara, Mexico.
This morning, I ran to the store to buy coffee and my iPhone told me it was six degrees. Six?!? Sorry Brooklyn, but that’s uncalled for! After I warmed up with my coffee I thought, what better way to battle the weather than with a little bit of eye candy featuring 86 degree weather, sun and beautiful beaches? So while you’re also (hopefully) cozied up with a warm beverage in bed or at least toasty behind your desk at work, I present to you this gorgeous destination wedding. I got along so well with Vusala and Gurban when I first met them at their engagement shoot in Central Park, but working with them in Jamaica was a total dream. There is nothing like working with a couple who have a great sense of humor and who are eager to venture into a resorts ‘restricted area’ and climb not-so-safe coral rocks upon their photographer’s request (thanks guys!).
We had a ton of fun. And, well, looking at these photos reminds me of the 86 degree weather we were lucky to experience, so hopefully they will warm you up a bit too!
Being a little sister myself, I truly appreciated the way Vusala’s little sis chose to kill some downtime!
The shot Vusala had her gown made for:
According to Gurban, this photo will be the cover of their wedding album…
In October, I traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to photograph the destination wedding of Brian and Tom. Knowing that the trip would fall smack in the middle of my busiest time of year, I extended it a bit to spend a week there, rather than a weekend. I love to travel and had no issues about exploring the city alone, armed with my camera. But upon arriving at my hotel (literally seconds after dropping my bags on my bed) the room phone rings. “Kristina, It’s Tom’s dad. We’re having lunch downstairs, come join us.” I did and at that lunch, Aunt Izzy told me not to pull “that shy shit” with them and Uncle Ralph informed me that because I was in Mexico I had to order a daiquiri – which quickly became two. I hadn’t been in Mexico for three hours, but it was quickly obvious I was about to experience something very special.
Each day more people joined the group and new friendships were quickly born. During that amazing week we drank together, ate together, swam together, snorkeled together, shopped together, cruised with pirates together, danced together, and laughed together. And in the middle of all this vacationing, we all witnessed and took part in one of the most beautiful wedding ceremonies ever – where we all cried together.
It’s no secret that I’m a crier. I admit to getting choked up and teary eyed at nearly every wedding I photograph. But Tom and Brian’s ceremony struck me in a way that I cannot put into words. Trust me, I’ve tried on several occasions. I can only say that I am forever grateful for the experiences had and friends made in Puerto Vallarta. And I can only hope that my photographs will say the rest for me.
Much love to Brian and Tom and to their family and friends for welcoming me so warmly.
Also, Brian is a super dedicated blogger and, if you’re interested, I highly recommend visiting his blog The Gay Wedding Experience to read more about their wedding and the entire trip to Puerto Vallarta.
And (though I’ll talk more about it in my next post), if you’re wondering where this insanely beautiful wedding took place, you can check out the website for Las Caletas.
This blog post needs to start with a big “thank you!” to Stacey and Christopher and their family and friends for making me feel like I was an honorary family member my entire stay in Mexico. There really is something quite special about photographing a destination wedding. Spending several days getting to know the a couple and their guests is a complete honor and makes the wedding day go incredibly smooth. Stacey and Chris had a beautiful (and super windy!) beach ceremony. Despite some crazy rain just before the wedding, it was a gorgeous day!
I fell in love with Mexico while I was there and was so, so sad to leave. Thankfully I’ll be back in less than three months to capture Brian and Tom’s wedding!
Stacey’s mom has got it goin’ on…
This blog should really be called – ‘Jamaica (part 3): 900th attempt to post a video on my blog’. But like a giant puzzle, I’ve figured it out and I feel like I have succeeded – big time!
I’m excited to finally have this up and running, so I don’t even want to type anything else to introduce it. Except ‘thank you’ to Dana and Anthony and ‘enjoy’!!!
UPDATE: I’ve taken the video off the blog, because some found it slowing down the images. You can view it by clicking the link below!
I know that Dana is looking forward to seeing images from the trash the dress session, so I wanted to post these up before I get caught up in the Market Factory’s event tonight and my Central Park Wedding on Saturday. Busy, busy, busy!
I think I nearly cried tears of excitement when Dana said she wanted to do a trash the dress session. I’ve been dying to do one and in Jamaica, what could be better?
We had such amazing weather while there – harsh sun at times – but beautiful skies and not too much rain. I loved how every location we went to, Dana and Anthony’s family were there with their cameras and camcorders as well. I’m seriously considering hiring Stacey and Chris (in the paddleboat) to team up and do videography with me. They caught the ‘taking the plunge’ image flawlessly from a peddle boat, no less!
I saved processing reception photos for last, because there are so many. They’ll be up shortly following this post.
Hands down, my favorite shot of the entire trip!
After Dana and Anthony jumped, she threw her bouquet to her sister Stacey!
Best Man and Maid of Honor (and quite possibly the newest members of the Kristina Hill Photography crew?)