surprise proposal collage

As a photographer, my challenge is to bear witness to some of the most intimate events in people’s lives without interfering in their natural expression of love. This is even trickier when one of the people you’re photographing doesn’t even know you’re there! That was the case with Jirmar and Lorie.

Jirmar planned a beautiful vacation on St. Croix with the very special purpose of asking Lorie to marry him. He knew he wanted to capture the moment in photographs and called Q Studio for our help.

Jirmar chose the beach at Renaissance Carambola with stunning views of the ocean and surrounding palm trees. The day was beautiful. He was very nervous, but finally he got down on one knee and proposed. Lorie was thrilled and so shocked when Jirmar pointed out that I was there taking photos. I am so honored to have been included in this happiness of this engagement.

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Sofia and Paul are a very loving couple who were so excited to share their lives together. Although they wanted a small, intimate ceremony, it was also important to them that their mothers be there to witness this important moment.

To celebrate their love and symbolize the joining of their futures, they incorporated the tradition of handfasting into their ceremony. In a handfasting ceremony, ropes or cords of varying lengths are used to wrap the couple’s hands together solidifying the verbal oath they’ve made to each other. Sofia and Paul chose colorful ribbons to bind their hands, and incorporated their mothers into this portion of their ceremony.

Their wedding turned out to be a beautiful evening at the Renaissance Carambola. Even for a small, intimate wedding, the staff at the Camabola went the extra mile to make it a very memorable event.


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Buccaneer couple portrait at Mermaid Beach

Seated Portrait of Buccaneer bride and groom on hole three jumping in the air

Elopes have a very special place in our hearts. These couples have opted not to have their friends and family attend this very special moment. As their photographer, it is my honor to be one of very few witnesses to this very significant moment in their lives.

The Buccaneer is one of the locations where we shoot a lot of our elope-style weddings. We love working with their wedding planners, Josefa and Erin. No matter how large or small the wedding, they pay attention to every little detail. They are very hands-on and walk couples through the whole planning and day-of process. It is a perfect place to relax and let someone else take care of all of the planning!

The Buccaneer is also one of my favorite places to shoot weddings. I’ve heard it referred to as a ‘country club’ hotel. When you stay there, you are truly treated to a country club experience in a breathtakingly beautiful location. There are a variety of backdrops to create stunning photographs, including private beaches, a sugar mill, courtyard fountain and clifftop putting green. As a photographer it is a delight to be able to shoot so many weddings at the Buccaneer, but yet be able to make each one completely unique.

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bride and groom kiss on St. Croix beach

What a beautiful celebration of love and longevity. I was so thrilled to be a part of Beatrice and Andy’s 10 year anniversary celebration as they renewed their vows in front of friends and family on the beach at the Ha’Penny Beach Club.

When we began the planning , I already had a special connection to Beatrice and Andy as Beatrice and I have businesses in downtown Christiansted and Andy and my husband, Jon, work together. As we got further into the planning, I was excited to find out that Beatrice Ramos of Wild Orchid was doing the flowers and decorating for this event. When Beatrice is involved you know it’s going to be amazing. But when I arrived at the vow renewal, I was blown away by how grand the decorations were and the attention to detail that was evident in every item – big or little.

As the pictures show, this was one amazing event!

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Kelly and Paul’s wedding was held on the beautiful grounds of  The Buccaneer .  Kelly and Paul chose one of our longer packages including pre-wedding photography with the bride and her bridesmaids, and Paul and his groomsmen, and continuing on into their evening festivities. With over 40 guests, the staff of The Buccaneer including wedding planner, Corinne Farinola, did their usual fantastic job of ensuring that all of the details were handled just perfectly! The cobalt blue accents the couple chose for the guys’ ties, bridesmaids’ dresses and other wedding accents was a great pop of color against the beautiful tropical backdrop.

Kelly and Paul were such a beautiful couple. Their love shone through the whole day.  I loved seeing their family and friends honor this beautiful day. I always have so much fun celebrating with the couple and their guests during the post-ceremony celebration. The toasts to the couple demonstrated how much love and support they have from their family and friends. Everyone shared in their joy during the evening of dancing and mingling.

Congratulations Kelly and Paul!


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