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Why would a bride and groom choose a destination wedding?

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

 

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Annapolis Naval Academy

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Superstition Mansion, Prescott AZ

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.

Capturing a Romantic Elopement..

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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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Photographers are often handed difficult lighting situations and they to make the best of it.  This is some best practices:

  1.  Use a 3 stop filter
  2. Place the couple in a location where the sun won’t cause them to squint
  3. Use a strong flash (that seems ironic with the bright light, but the flash actually takes away some shadows.
  4. Alan USED a HD Range on some of the shots to contrast the hight and low lights

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A succesfull shoot places a lot of responsibility on the photographers.

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.

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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.

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Finding a fun Unique Photograph is always appreciated by our couples.  Each couple is different and sometimes you find the shot in the moment.

How to Produce Successful Engagement Photos, South Orange County

South Orange County has some of the most pristine beaches and locations to shoot a sunset engagement sessions.

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Buccaneer’s Beach, Oceanside CA

Carlsbad Beach, CA

Carlsbad Beach, CA

This year we have photographed at several locations show in this blog.  What are some of the important things to think about?

  1. 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.
  2. Alan Sechrest from Sechrestphotos suggest choosing the “golden hour” as you time of day,  The “golden hour” provides the most flattering light for romance.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Terranea Resort, Rancho Palis Verdes, CA

Terranea Resort, Rancho Palis Verdes, CA

Sechrestphotos is available to Capture the Moments that Capture you.  We have pricing for any budget.

San Clemente Pier, CA

San Clemente Pier, CA

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July 4th Wedding in San Clemente, Celebrities, Musians, Air Show, and fireworks…. WOW

When Tom booked Sechrestphotos to shoot his wedding reception in San Clemente on the 4th of July,  we hadn’t a clue of what a fabulous party we would be attending.

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Tom who is a writer for Disney Engineering knows lots of great musicians. We were privy to Susan Anton singing to our bride and groom and many other famous musicians going on and off the stage including Grammy Award Winner, Gordon Goodwin. There was approximately 100 guests.

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Sechrestphotos was hired to capture the event. Tom is very laid back and insisted we enjoy the party, offering us drinks and dinner and wanted to make certain we had a good time. We indeed did!

Our challenges were to photograph some traditional family and friend shots but get the newly married couple with the San Clemente fireworks going off in the background. Tom and Adelajda were very busy. Adelajda’s family came from Poland and Tom was on stage playing with the various musicians.

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Alan pulled it off beautifully. There was also a fly over by a small fleet of WWII military airplanes.

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An amazing evening. Please take a look at the sideshow.
Ina Sechrest

Surprise Proposal, Engagement Photos at the Buccaneer Beach, Oceanside

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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.

Michael told us his plan was to take Christina up to the lifeguard station at Buccaneer’s Beach where they had their first kiss.
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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.
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Watch their slide show, I think we nailed it!

Ina Sechrest

Kiss The Girl! How to capture the kiss.

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Sean and Jessica were in their moment!


When your clients what to capture their kiss, there are a couple of key ingredients.  The “Kiss” can’t be staged.  First talk to your couple.  Get them to relax.  Make the kiss part of their conversation.  What is important to us,  is the experience of the shoot. We spend time talking to our couple and getting a relaxed atmosphere.   A relaxed couple will receive real pictures capturing their emotion.  The photographer can walk around the couple to obtain the angle and light.


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Miles and Erica having their moment!


You can see in this picture, Miles and Erica are in their moment.  After proposing to Erica this picture was taken directly after his asking her.  No staging.  Alan walked around the couple.


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Darryl and Melissa after raising their son to 5 years of age decided to get married!


Alan chose Black and White for this picture there were so many colors going on around us.  It was a very bright day, a very green grass, with blue skies.  The black white picture put the focus on the couple.

Fairytale Wedding in Palos Verdes..the real thing!!!!

We met Tammy and Errol last year when they interviewed Sechrestphotos to capture their wedding. Tammy was outgoing and Errol was quiet (not shy). Tammy was very clear on what her wedding vision was. She wanted a small intimate affair. She planned a Vintage Themed Wedding. Her friends offered their beautiful home in Palos Verdes which provided an unmatched backdrop with several amazing focal points.

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Tammy’s friends also provided other pieces to make her wedding day a true Fairytale. The intimate crowd with her friend officiating with a meaningful ceremony, I hadn’t heard the likes of before. Another friend sang a song which filled the guests (all good friends and family)  with emotion.  The table settings were dramatic working with the vintage theme.  Beautiful  music captured the day along with night lighting creating their fairytale setting.

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Our gallery from her wedding tells her story with ‘real time’, capturing the emotion and telling their story.  You can immediately see the vintage theme at this fairytale wedding.

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I would recommend to any bride if you want to be ‘in the moment’ make sure you are able to let go of the details and enjoy the day like you will see “Tammy and Errol” did.

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Take a look at the slide show and gallery pics.

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Ina B. Sechrest

Wedding Stylist and Second Shooter

_DSC7519When I married Alan, I never thought I would start a career as a photographer’s assistant and then a wedding stylist and second shooter.

WOW it is a lot for me to think about.  I’ve taken some live classes and read some books but the real learning comes in the form of, “on the job training”.

We photographed a surprise proposal last weekend on the beach in Carlsbad.

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This photo came about by doing a walk through of the site and finding a special spot to capture their moment.

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This couple had a beautiful night to get engaged and the light is just what Alan hoped for.  Alan is still working on the final edits and will be providing the couple with an amazing slide show with music.  Stayed tuned!

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Surprise Proposal in Rancho Palos Verdes is very Romantic!!

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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.

Ina Sechrest

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