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.
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.
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.
On March 28 Sechrest Photos was hired to photograph the wedding of Daryl and Melissa. This wedding like all the weddings we photograph had its own unique flavor.
Daryl and Melissa had a child together who is around two and Melissa also has a 7 year son. Both the boys had a great time at the wedding with non stop energy. When we arrived in Coronado Beach everyone was running very late, (no fault to the bride and groom) traffic into San Diego was beyond slow.
We found Melissa preparing for her day in the hotel room surrounding by sisters, cousins, children and her parents. Daryl on the hand was in a “panic”. Alan quickly calmed him down with his best man’s help.
The pictures in the slide show reflect a close family with lots of love. Daryl we discovered was quite comfortable in center stage and MC’d the event with style and had the guests laughing often.
The bride had several things go wrong prior to the wedding day but handled them with style; one being she had to change her flower plan days before the wedding day.
The Coronado Beach setting is breathtaking for a wedding day and the roses were in full bloom with many colors. There was another wedding starting and Alan had only a small amount of time to capture all the group
and family shots at the beach.
I think they came out amazing, I hope you do too.