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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



Annapolis Naval Academy


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.

Producing a successful Quinceanera Photo Shoot


When Alan and I were hired to photograph Angel’s Quinceaneera party we really didn’t know allot about this “Right Of Passage“.


Today, the Quinceañera celebration often is a lavish party that may include a mariachi band, a feast and many guests—much like a wedding. Planning for a Quinceañera can start as early as the birth of a daughter. The family and godparents save up money until the girl is of age. Actual preparations may take anywhere from six months to a year and a half. Dances have to be learned, decorations decided upon, cakes ordered, and in some cases, dresses made.

We are not sure about the details of Angel’s planning; her mother Sylvia was excited and very proud of her beautiful daughter. I can say for Angel I think there was great importance placed on “The Dress” :).

I fell in love with Angel immediately.  She had an aura that swept you in.  We started her day out at Penn Park, in Whittier, CA.  We took lots of Family Portraits along with her friends..


Angel and sisters and friends then were whisked away in several cars from the 50’s. From there a party in Angel’s name with 70 close friends and family.

How did we make this successful?

  1. We worked hard as a team to make sure everyone felt relaxed and had fun on the photo shoot.
  2. We scoped out the best spots at the site to have excellent backgrounds.
  3. We planned ahead and are always prepared with our equiptment.
  4. We arrive early to ensure our success.

We made a slide show video for Angel which captures all the emotion and timeline of her day.  Please enjoy!

Thank you,

Ina Sechrest


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