She is an elegant and smart doctor and he is a outgoing and charming surgeon. They live in Bogotá but decided to get married in the Dominican Republic.
They chose a handful of places in the touristic area of Punta Cana: Paradissus Palma Real for the stay, Westin hotel for the Get Ready, a small nice chapel in Cap Cana for the ceremony, and Playa Blanca in the Punta Cana Resort and Club premises for the reception and party.
This work was particularly interesting because we shot in so many different spaces, and all of those places are absolutely gorgeous and offer a stunning visual background. There were around a 80 guests attending, mainly from Colombia. They could enjoy a day full of magic and love. As we normally do, we started our job in the groom room where he was being helped by his mum and brother.
Lina Castillo was the designer for his wedding suit. Then we moved to an amazing and sunny suite in Westin Hotel, there was the bride with many friends and family members. They were celebrating with champagne and the atmosphere was very nice! The bride was dressed by Pronovias and the make up artist was Anna Nuet.
After some family photos we moved to Cap Cana Fishing Lodge Chapel where the catholic ceremony was taking place. This place is amazing and has a fantastic view over the channel and the sea. Built in stones with glass decors that really creates an unforgettable atmosphere.
The ceremony was so intimate with live religious musical interpretation and amazing evening golden hour light! As soon as they were declared husband and wife we did some group pictures with very nice Marina views.
Then we move to the restaurant in where the dinner and party took place. The big surprise was the show from one of the most famous Merengue singer Sergio Vargas who made everyone dance and enjoy for hours!
All the guests knew by hearth all the songs and he was cheered enthusiastically! The party continued for some hours more with tropical dancers and some other surprises. I went back home with one idea on my head… “Damn, Colombians know how to party…”.
What a wonderful story, I was booked for a wedding in the nearby island of Saint Martin, located to the east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It s been an amazing time in that island with Cara and Carlos for their wedding. When I was talking with Cara about the job I was warned that “we are quite informal, we want nothing too serious”, so my feelings were “If that s their flow, I need to be ready to capture that spontaneity in the images”. From there, I was aware that a part of the job was focusing on that. I needed to keep my elegant approach to the captures and at the same time join Cara and Carlos in being as informal as they wanted to be, and then use that to create the images. The wedding location was La Samanna, a marvelous and luxurious boutique resort near the shore of Long Bay, in the french side of the friendly Saint Martin island, which is an amazing island for a destination wedding or elopement. It has 35 square kilometers, so a very affordable size to discover every corner. What a place to get lost…
So, I started shooting some portraits for Carlos, trying to get some good shots of his wedding attire and capture his mood while he was waiting before the ceremony. I went up to their villa, and started working with the bouquet and the rings while Cara was preparing, and then I started her portrait session. I thought there was a beautiful natural light coming into the terrace, so I shot with no flash, just letting the golden hour light guide me in my job. I think those photos came out amazing. The ceremony was in the sand, and I was alone with Cara, Carlos, and the Master of Ceremonies in a fantastic beach under the sunset. What a great scenario to get married. The ceremony was quite short, but it kept by the essentials and I was on my own capturing the moment. After the big kiss we started walking along this unique rocky coastline, so quiet and idyllic. I started picturing them with some directions for moves and poses when needed, and letting them be spontaneous 99% of the time. I wanted to achieve spontaneity also by a natural light, which was fine to use on that day, as I was not bringing any assistant that could help me with that part. To achieve that, we waited a bit after the ceremony to get the sun as down as possible and shoot with no hard shadows. However, I felt that I still needed some more fine pictures of them together, and asked them for a quick appointment for the very next day, as by that time we had shot quite a few and we were running out of any light.
The next morning was very bright, and this is something that can really make a photo look ugly, as people start to squint very often. A good advice is to keep the sunglasses on until we are going to shoot an image, and then take them off and discretely hang them by the back of your shirt when ready. I always tell people to take all the time needed to avoid squinting, the caribbean is very bright and it s hard to get used to it, but you have to. Cara and Carlos were receptive and straight forward to this almost all the time, we stopped when they needed and we let them take their time. That helped a lot for the images to look great, and that is something that makes me feel so good. I am in joy when I realize I help people remember for many many time one of the most important days of their life, so I need to stay alert all the time for those details. I wish to thank Cara and Carlos for letting me a part of their fun trip to Saint Martin, I know it s an effort to fly someone in. I hope I can explain enough my gratitude towards them for appreciating my work as a wedding photographer. About the place, what can be said. Saint Martin was an awesome place to visit, I wouldn´t hesitate on visiting again, specially Friars and Orient Bays were amazing. Good bye friendly island! Best wishes Cara and Carlos!
Tarrick wanted to be on his own before the ceremony, he was even ironing his clothes for himself. That´s a man that can do everything. Watch and shoes were very important to him, so we took detail pictures and we walked to Kia´s room, just right next door. Kia was with her mum and sister, who helped her putting the dress on and with the final touches.
She looked relaxed and confident, and enjoying the moment. That´s what we absolutely recommend, for the bride health, and because that ´s awesome for us and gives us many beautiful portraits and smiles full of love. The ceremony was very emotive, both had prepared some lines and read it meaning every word, and even some tears popped by.
The rest of the wedding was great, a dinner with close friends and family and a bit of dancing by the beach. Not bad at all!
In this love story, it was the mother of the groom who contacted us. She wanted to have us on her son wedding in Dreams La Romana, near Bayahibe, a spectacular and still quite pristine area in the Dominican Republic.
This lovely couple was traveling alone, and they were already married, but they wanted an intimate ceremony with full wedding clothes in a gazebo near the beach. The fact they were alone, no family or guests with them, still made our job more important on this occasion, as we were the only link to Michael and Amanda family about what was happening by that day.
Plus, we received from Michael´s mom several pictures from his brother wedding, that she wanted to inspire us with. We didn’t have to copycat the images, but still it was an added challenge to obtain similar images, but in a very different landscape, so that she could hang both together on her living room. We are very proud with the final results, and we know from the family and the couple that they have been very happy too.