Destination Wedding: Saint Lucia
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23 September 2016
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I met Angela and Mauricio through some past wedding clients, Keith and Ede, who had a destination wedding in Annapolis a couple of years back. I sat next to Angela and Mo at Keith and Ede's reception. Upon talking with them, they mentioned they planned on getting married in the not-so-distant future in St. Lucia. They asked if I would be interested in coming out to photograph their wedding. Of course I jumped at the chance. Cut to April and there I was landing in St. Lucia, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, to photograph their wedding. One unexpected little twist was when I went to get into my rental car, and I came to find it was a right side drive, which I hadn’t researched prior. Luckily, I have lived in England and visited Australia, and had driven in both those places. Although it was a curveball, my driving was a hit. Angela and Mo wanted to do a shoot around the island a few days before their wedding, so after checking into my hotel I went out and explored the island for locations. St. Lucia surprisingly turned out to be a relatively impoverished island once you exited the elaborate resorts. I personally love different cultures; I was just surprised. I came to find out that the average St. Lucian made $20 a day, and quite a few didn’t even have electricity in their modest homes. With that being said, the indigenous folks were super sweet and happy. I found the famous pitons that Angela and Mo had requested their shoot to be in front of. On the way, I found cool banana plantations, shantytowns and white sand beaches. Two days later, I picked up Angela and Mo for our photographic adventure. We stopped for a beer at a cute, little out of the way tropical bar I found on the previous search day. After a beer and some photos at the bar, we shot at this really cool banana plantation. Next, we shot on the side of the road with the pitons in the background, and lastly, we ended up at Sugar Beach. It was an awesome day and the photos came out great. On the wedding day, I started with Mo and the guys getting ready. They were wearing the classic silk pants and cotton, white short-sleeve shirts, which were key in the tropical heat for the boys. Next, I went over to Angela and the gals for their prep photos, which went really well. I tend to think with weddings the smaller the bridal party, the less the stress. Angela and Mo’s bridal party was kept to a minimum. The ceremony took place at the historical Pigeon Island where the French army was headquartered hundreds of years ago. The ruins there were incredibly beautiful and the beach and park area were awesome as well. After first look, we got some photos of Angela and Mo and the bridal party. Then, their beautiful ceremony took place. Before the reception, we got some great family photos and a few more of Angela and Mo before the beach party proceeded. It was an incredible celebration of love that I was proud to be a part of. Thank you for checking out my blog and stay posted for lots of cool weddings and photo shoots.

 

All the best,

Brett

 

 

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