Seven years ago I had the pleasure of shooting Sarah and Bryan’s wedding. 2010 was the year of firsts for me. My husband and I were newlyweds, I was pregnant with my first child, and this was the first big wedding Lynne and I had worked on together. Like with all Q Studio clients, I wanted to make sure everything was perfect for Sarah and Bryan. When I reflect back on Sarah and Bryan’s wedding day, I remember how intimate their wedding felt. Their ceremony took place in the cutest, little Lutheran Church in the heart of Cruz Bay, St. John.  Sarah’s father officiated the wedding which was very touching. The wedding ceremony was followed by a dinner reception at  Caneel Bay Resort. As a recent newlywed myself (at the time), I remembered how much Sarah and Bryan’s wedding reminded me of my own. The focus was on family and truly celebrating and supporting Sarah and Bryan’s union. There was an overall feeling of warmth, love, and fun.

I am so glad to have been a part of Sarah and Bryan’s wedding celebration. Now in 2017, after seven years of marriage and two beautiful children, my life has changed so much in such a short amount of time. Since 2010 I have accomplished many personal and professional goals. Equally I have been presented with opportunities I never thought possible seven years ago. I keep in contact with quite a few of my former clients and I love to see how their lives grow and progress through the years. I can’t tell you how cool it is to see a former Q Studio bride making professional strides of her own in the White House. Congratulations, Sarah! Happy seventh anniversary to you and Bryan.

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Katie and Charlie planned a big, beautiful wedding at The Buccaneer with lots of friends and family in attendance. All of the details were planned with loving care with the expert help of Erin Procter, one of The Buccaneer’s talented wedding coordinators. However, the one detail no one can control is the weather. We were lucky enough to get the ceremony and group shots completed before the rain fell. But once I started working with Katie and Charlie, the sky opened up and our session was cut short. We still got some amazing shots! In fact, I think less than ideal weather can make for very dramatic photos.

As a destination wedding photographer, I have the opportunity to shoot a variety of weddings in all shapes and sizes. Katie and Charlie’s wedding had a very youthful exuberance with guests from their college days including Katie’s sorority sisters and their significant others. Their guests came ready to party and had a great time.

Katie and Charlie opted for a live band instead of a DJ. The variety of instruments and vibe of the musicians added a liveliness and spirit that you don’t always get with a DJ. Charlie was very friendly, but a little on the quiet side … that is until he hit the dance floor. His moves were truly awesome to witness. I don’t think I’ve ever met a man from Alabama who didn’t know how to dance – and Charlie was no exception.

I look forward to Katie and Charlie’s return trip to the island next year so we can make some new memories – hopefully with more cooperative weather.

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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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