The couple enjoyed their day and each other during the photo shoot. This shows clearly in the images.
When Alan and I did our first destination wedding it was for family in the Berkshire’s. The Berkshire’s is a country setting in Massachusetts. We went for the weekend. We covered the rehearsal and the wedding and we managed to have a great time with the family.
Since then we have traveled to Kaui, Arizona, and Annapolis Naval Academy to name a few.
***The reasons we learned for couplies choosing a destination wedding is because their families are spread out across the country.
A 3 Day Wedding gears everyone into having a great time. The couple doesn’t feel rushed and the guests are truly engaged.
Sometimes a destination wedding can cost less than a high end venue or a golf course or country club wedding.
Our wedding was set in St Thomas on the beach. We booked a cruise invited family and friends and planned for our day in St. Thomas. The cruise left from San Juan with the first stop being St. Thomas. We reached out to the St Thomas community and found a Justice of Peace, Flowers, Limo, and one of our guests was a professional Photographer. After the beach ceremony we headed to the Ritz Carlton for lunch before getting back on the cruise ship. Not counting the cost of the cruise our wedding cost us less than $2000.00
Our guests felt our wedding was an exotic stop on their vacation.
Many All Inclusive Hotels offer wedding packages. That way your guests are likely to enjoy themselves and stay on a few days. We recommend Anna’s Adventures for inquiring about a destination wedding. https://www.facebook.com/annasadventurestravel/?timeline_context_item_type=intro_card_work&timeline_context_item_source=1417731446&pnref=lhc
Booking the photographer for a destination has two options. Booking at the location, (this can be expensive), bring one from home. Some photographers will charge extra for travel and hotel. Do your research, many photographers are eager for destination wedding business and they may not up-charge as much as you would think.
Sechrestphotos was kept very busy this October and November taking family portraits. I have a few tips for the families thinking about using a professional photographer.
- Discuss with your photographer the location. Families can choose locations that may not produce the best result. If the location has sentiment the photographer can make it work but if your goal is awesome photos let the photographer choose. The family can lead with park or country settings, beach, or city.
- Wardrobe can make or break your family portrait. Speak to your photographer with your ideas and listen to suggestions. If someone in the family is a rebel and wears plaid while everyone else is in white that family member will be the focus in the pictures.
- Time of day. Schedules often dictate the family availability but being a little flexible can make a big difference in the light and the final product.
Finally have fun. A good photography will be able to relax the family and capture the love relationships family members share.
Alan and Ina
Christopher and Bethany eloped at Moonlight Beach, in Encinitas California in October of 2016. Christopher had connected with Alan and stated he was looking for a wedding photographer to capture his ceremony. He told Alan it was an elopement. He was surprising his future bride with the photographer. Bethany and Christopher are both in the Coast Guard. Christopher was stationed up in SFO and Bethany was arriving near Oceanside. They had just a few days together.
They planned their ceremony at Moonlight Beach at 2:00 with just the Justice of the Peace as their witness. The ceremony was on the bluff in a small park above the beach.
Bethany glowed with happiness and love as well as Christopher. None of their family knew. After they read their hearfelt vows Alan suggested we go down to the beach to take some additonal photographs.
Photography Shoot Challenges: There was a fence on the bluff that Alan had to manuveour around. It was a very bright day without any clouds; very difficult lighting conditions. Alan worked his magic and captured the emotion of their eleopement and some beautiful photos on the beach.
Photographers are often handed difficult lighting situations and they to make the best of it. This is some best practices:
- Use a 3 stop filter
- Place the couple in a location where the sun won’t cause them to squint
- Use a strong flash (that seems ironic with the bright light, but the flash actually takes away some shadows.
- Alan USED a HD Range on some of the shots to contrast the hight and low lights
Alan and I had the privilege of witnessing and capturing the images at the ceremony of Katrina and Adam at the beautiful Green Gables Estate venue in San Marcos, California.
Katrina is a stunning bride, hosting a large wedding party and a well attended celebration. The day was beautiful, filled with warm air and light breezes. The Green Gables Estate offered many photo opportunities which we gratefully and greedily took full adavantage of.
During the many months of planning we discussed with the bride and groom the pros and cons of capturing the large percent of images before the wedding ceremony. For Katrina the only thing holding her back, was the ‘First Look’ image.
Capturing that “First Look” is always an important piece of the ceremony photos. We assured our bride we could cature that look at the pre-ceremony photo shoot.
We needed to coordinate with the best man and time it perfectly. We were able to successfully cature that moment. We also understood that after the look, it is important to give the bride and groom a few monments of intimacy. The venue offered many locations to allow our couple some private moments.
Our pre-ceremony shoot was almost two hours. The Bride and Groom were thrilled that after their ceremony they were able to join the celebration.
Working closely together will assure a successful wedding experience for the bridal couple.
Making sure the bride and groom enjoy their photoshoot is key in “Capturing the Moments”. During Naiomi and Jeremy’s wedding we made sure they felt relaxed and enjoyed their shoot. We were short on time but still made sure to capture the emotion and the love they felt.
When the couple have a large wedding party “Fun” is what we supply. You can see how much fun everyone was having…the camera never lies.
South Orange County has some of the most pristine beaches and locations to shoot a sunset engagement sessions.
This year we have photographed at several locations show in this blog. What are some of the important things to think about?
- Talk to your photographer to pick out the best, Location, Location, Location. Sechrestphotos can help you find that spot that is meaningful to you and also will provide amazing photographic memories.
- Alan Sechrest from Sechrestphotos suggest choosing the “golden hour” as you time of day, The “golden hour” provides the most flattering light for romance.
- When photographing at the beach, we suggest cache pants for the man with a white shirt or faded jeans. The women in a solid color such as pastels or white. Your attire will impact your pictures.
- Preparing the clients for the shoot to make sure they feel comfortable. Sechrestphotos provides a relaxed atmosphere. We take test shots to prepare our clients. We talk and get to know each other. Our ‘laid back’ approach allows us to capture the real emotions and moments that our clients desire.
Sechrestphotos is available to Capture the Moments that Capture you. We have pricing for any budget.
Sechrestphotos received a booking from the mother of the man who was going to propose. Michael’s mom told me she booked the session for Michael’s brother. OK we said, When and Where?
It turned out Michael and Christina had been dating for a few years. Both were established in their careers and been living in Oceanside.
We would be at the beach inconspicuously, and then, of course, capture the whole proposal and take some engagement photos.
The challenge for us; taking the pictures from the ground to the height of the lifeguard station. Our job is also to make the shoot part of their experience by making sure the couple is comfortable with us and we are able to capture the emotion of this INCREDIBLY ROMANTIC MOMENT in their lives.
Watch their slide show, I think we nailed it!
When our friend Anna asked Alan to photographer her wedding and DJ, Alan immediately said yes. Anna was having a small intimate affair at the French Estate in Orange, CA.
Alan has done a lot of weddings and has DJ;d some weddings and events but combing the two was going to be a challenge. Of course he had me :).
Anna and Brian have been together for several years, both with kids and different histories. You could see at the wedding how happy there were. Brian was glowing and Anna who is always beautiful looked amazing. Their combined families toasted each other and said how much they were looking forward to being one family. Brian’s son was so moved he had tears in his eyes.
50 guests attended and the party rocked. Together we were able to capture all of her wedding and also played the music that Anna, Brian and her guest enjoyed. We lined danced, rock and rolled, and slowed it down as well.
What is important when you photograph a wedding is not only capturing the wedding and the parts but making sure to be ready to capture the emotional moments as well. When we tell the story through our slide show it is those emotional shots that reach out to you.
When Miles contacted Sechrestphotos to photograph an
up-coming proposal to Erika, Alan knew I would be excited. It seems there is never enough romance to satisfy for me to witness. Miles and his family included his girlfriend were spending the weekend in Rancho Palos Verdes and Miles thought the romantic bluff setting would be the perfect time to propose. Miles is 24 and is 26 years old. They have been dating for about 1 year. Miles told us Erika was very private and the location we had to scout out would need to be secluded. He wanted some props there to add to the magic. Alan suggested we have her favorite song playing and we prepared a beautiful heart in the sand enclosed with beautiful long stem roses. The planned time would be sunset.
Alan found the spot and through texts and emailed communicated to Miles. We arrived early and met Miles’s father who went with Alan to the spot. Erika had no idea what was coming and the timing was delayed because she was taking time to ready for dinner with the family.
The plan was to have her song playing and as she approached the scene she would say something to Miles about the song then see the heart and Miles would be down on one knee.
It was exactly as planned (that doesn’t always happen). Erika was in tears an Miles was very happy. Congratulations to Miles and Erika please see some pictures at Sechrestphotos from this beautiful magical proposal.