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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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Is it beneficial to take the marjority of the pictures before the ceremony?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Proposals! There are not just for men anymore. The season of romance is here!

DSC_8977DSC_9727required=’1’/][/contact-form]      I have found working in photography, the person (not necessarily a male) who is doing the proposing wants to capture the moment. We recently captured and witnessed a magical proposal. Below is the story as well as some important tips for any would be proposer.

Tips for the proposer:

1. Choose your location and time of day carefully. Consult with your photographer.

2. Depending on your plan coordinate carefully allowing for some lost time.

3. Choose pieces of the proposal that is unique to your relationship; music, writings, location, witnesses.

In my recent proposal job, Angel who had been dating Neil for several years decided she wanted to propose. I am starting to see a change, it is not uncommon for women to ask men to marry them.  Angel had planned a dating anniversary celebration at a hotel in Newport Beach, which she knew would have lots of photo opportunities.  After hiring my services we discussed the details of her proposal. Alan encourage a particular location and time of day, The photographer can recommend not demand, after all it is not our day. Alan and I even suggest clothing and shoes that work with the scenery and event. Unfortunately, Angel had some hicups. Because of their love for each other you would never be able to tell from the pictures. Angel planned to arrive at the hotel and be standing under the gazebo shortly before the airplane, dragging the sign, Neil and Angel = € – Will you marry me? She wanted to have ring in pocket and an amazing sky as their background. We are sharing some  highlights of her proposal. Below are some hiccups she overcame.

    • getting lost, she wasn’t from the area, allow extra time
    • spelling error in her sign, thank goodness for photoshop
    • the engagement ring wasn’t ready in time, the jewelry store provided a temporary

Thank you, Ina Sechrest, photo stylist at Sechrest Photography

Romance is alive in today’s youth!

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I had the pleasure to participate in the proposal by our client, to his beautiful girlfriend this weekend past.

Brandon had planned this romantic moment leaving out no details.

First he spent time scouting out the most beautiful beaches and landed on Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach.

He went through his thought process and planned to have Sarah’s BF, Katie invite Sarah to brunch with a brisk walk on the beach first (of course it would be Crystal Cove), such a nice rouse.

Brandon invited his family to attend and drive him to the location (this would make certain) Sarah wouldn’t recognize his vehicle. Mom and Sis gladly agreed to attend and witness the magical proposal.

Brandon made sure there was clear communication between himself and Katie. Katie would text Brandon when they were close and again when they started down the stairs.

Brandon not wanting to leave any stone unturned, hired Sechresphotos to capture this romantic moment forever on film.

We met Brandon an hour before Sarah was to arrive. We talked about angles and light and where to best position him on the beach. We worked closely together to find the perfect spot to produce the magical photographs which would can capture this memory.

Brandon told us he had his words planned but he was very nervous. He wanted to make a large heart in the sand and fill it would rose pedals he had recently collected.

Once the heart was completed we all helped him find shells and he wrote the words “Marry Me” with the shells in the sand next to the heart.

All of this may sounds wonderful like a script from a movie. There is a big difference. The real emotion and love shown by Brandon and Sarah was heartfelt and joyful unmatched by fiction.

Tears filled my eyes as the scene played out. I feel truly lucky to witness their proposal.

To see the whole slide show click on Sarah and Brandon from the home page.   http://youtu.be/BQd3YxkCMR0

Ina Sechrest

 

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