Some things always happen for a reason, so when Rachelle got in touch with me just a few months before her wedding to capture her day, it had to have been fate. Rachelle had a very clear sense of what she wanted for her wedding day. Having already been married in Vancouver, this Trinidad wedding was really meant to be a special gathering of closest friends and family. After doing long distance for the majority of their relationship, Rachelle + Graeme finally are together and sharing the same zip code. There were so many amazing touches to this day that made every detail a photographer's dream! Scroll all the way down for the amazing talented and mostly local folks who added to this day!
Bride's Dress: Tobye + Shoma
Veil: Made by Van der Vlugt - dyed by Lisa's Fabrics
MUA: Narvely Labastide
Hair: Emily Quesnel @ Cahoots
Earrings: Koral Beach Boutique
Bouquet: Flower Bar @ Drew Manor
Venue: Waterville Estate
Planner: Simply Organized Weddings
Decorator: Robert Paul Solomon
"To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything." — T. Tolis
Some love stories I will remember forever. I'll never forget when I first met with Krysta and Bryant and knew that moment that their love was true and everlasting. The excitement they both have for each other, you see it in their eyes immediately. When Krysta walked into the church on their wedding day, Bryant's face lit up like a thousand fireflies. The song happiest man alive instantly started playing in my head and I'm sure in his as well! These two did not stop smiling all day long and their chemistry is so enigmatic that I didn't stop either!
Arriving in Tobago for an intimate wedding is always a treasure for me. No need for a second shooter, just me and my rental car driving down the bustling roads in our beautiful sister island. Often times I don't get to meet with couples who come from abroad to marry here so it's always exciting to finally see them and get to know them better throughout the day. Natasha and Tom's day was so special to me, so many intimate moments shared all on the most beautiful, brilliantly hot day on Pigeon Point. The day after I flew back to Trinidad I received the most loving message from Natasha thanking me for being there and feeling like part of the family. These days are the days that make me smile the most!
It really is amazing when a group of friends all gets married within the space of a few years and you get to capture all of their weddings. Every time I've shot one of their weddings it becomes more and more fun, seeing them go through these milestones together with their husbands and families. Victoria and Luke's wedding was so special, filled with many emotional moments that always make me tear up behind the camera. There were so many smiles and happy tears. Congrats again guys and can't wait to share more milestones in the future :) !
It's always a great time when I get to photograph the Lazzari family. From Kerri & Luke's wedding (part 1 + my first wedding EVER!), to Kerr's maternity session while she was pregnant with Scott. It always feels like an afternoon of fun with friends, almost always followed by a big glass of red wine ;). Love seeing their family grow and capturing the authenticity that is family life with twins, and a toddler !
Adri and I have done a few modelling sessions before, I always joke she's our very own Alessandra Ambrosio. But this one was different, she's carrying something even more special than a garment or flower crown. We kept the concept of this maternity session very simple, organic and much like Adri----spontaneous. I'm so happy for my beautiful friend and her love as they start this new chapter of their life together.
Before these three head off to their new home in the UK, we got together for a sunny afternoon session with Scarlett and her family. What a little cutie! Can't wait to keep up with her on Instagram and see all the adventures her, her mum and dad will share in the next chapter!
Megan and Marcus' Tropical wedding at Drew Manor was one for the books for sure. The ceremony was short, sweet and beautiful words were spoken by family members and their officiant. All the photos were finished without a hitch, the speeches were as equally funny as they were touching. Then..... came the rain! They played it off as all cool couples do and shared their first dance under an umbrella in the pouring rain. Family and friends joined in, having travelled from all over, a little Trini rainy season weather wasn't gonna stop them!
One of my favourite parts of the wedding day is hearing a couple's First Dance song. I think it truly reflects their personalities as a couple and is a great way to start the reception. That being said.... a lot of couples tend to use the same songs, for mother/son, father/daughter and bride/groom. Yes, the classics will always be classics, but for the alternative bride--- here are some non conformist First Dance song options!
Hope you enjoy
FOR THE OLD SOULS:
- BE MY BABY- THE RONETTES
- IT’S NOW OR NEVER- ELVIS PRESLEY
- ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM- THE EVERLY BROTHERS
- AND I LOVE HER- THE BEATLES
- DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME- THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS
- BABY I’M A WANT YOU- BREAD
- STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT- FRANK SINATRA
- SOMETHING STUPID- FRANK SINATRA
- AT LAST- ETTA JAMES
FOR THE INDIE LOVERS:
- WHEREVER YOU ARE- ANGUS & JULIA STONE
- FEEL SO CLOSE- CALVIN HARRIS (HOUSE JUNKEE EDIT)
- WILDFIRE- SEAFRET
- FIRST DAY OF MY LIFE- BRIGHT EYES
- FALL- JOSHUA HYSLOP
- CARRY YOU- NOVO AMOR
- WHEN THE MOON FELL IN LOVE WITH THE SUN- DEAR LEMON TREES
FOR THE LAID BACK ISLANDERS:
- BETTER TOGETHER- JACK JOHNSON
- AMBER- 311
- STIR IT UP- BOB MARLEY
- PROMISE- BEN HARPER
- MAJESTY- CHRONIXX
- LOVE SPONGE- BUJU BANTON
- ONE BY ONE- LAZA MORGAN FEAT MAVADO
- IS THIS LOVE- BOB MARLEY (MONTMARTRE REMIX)
FOR THE MUSICAL LOVERS:
- KISS THE GIRL- THE LITTLE MERMAID OST
- A WHOLE NEW WORLD- ALADDIN OST
- YOU’LL BE IN MY HEART- PHIL COLLINS- TARZAN OST
- ALL I ASK OF YOU- PHANTOM OF THE OPERA OST
- THINK OF ME- PHANTOM OF THE OPERA OST
- MIA & SEBASTIAN’S THEME- JUSTIN HURWITZ- LA LA LAND OST
Zoe and Dexter are an amazing example that love can sneak up on you at any time, age or place. They were set up on a blind date by a mutual friens and their relationship blossomed into something that they both knew they had never experienced before, and probably would never experience again. A few years later, they celebrated in a beautiful church ceremony followed by a backyard wedding filled with dancing and fun friends. Congrats again Zoe & Dexter!
Rishma and Roshan were wed in a traditional Hindu ceremony at the Dulahin's house. I had never shot an Hindu ceremony outside of temple, so this was a different experience for me. The bride got ready at home, while music was playing, tents were setting up and her friends and mom were around bustling around. The incredible detail that goes into Hindu ceremonies is absolutely amazing. The rituals, the jewelry, the outfits!!! Every time I capture a Hindu wedding I am amazed at it all. After their ceremony was completed, we walked to the back of the house to get some portraits in none other than a field of carilee! Can't get more Caribbean than that! Congrats again to Rishma and Roshan on their beautiful day!
Jennelle and Stefan's wedding in December was tropical themed, full of lush greenery and fun tweaks that reflected this lovely couple. Their dedication to their faith and music was also a pillar of the day, their first dance was actually recorded and sang by the couple themselves! The day before Christmas Eve can always feel like a rush, but this special couple kept calm and shared their day with their closest friends and family. Jenn had the coolest outfit change, while Stefan got down and dirty during the garter toss. It's always so fun seeing the couple enjoy their day together and that's exactly what we did!
It's always an honour when I get chosen to do elopements or intimate weddings. There's always such a calmness about the day that is so refreshing and a much needed day in between the bigger, more fast paced wedding days. Zyreene and Jeremy have been doing long distance from Barbados to Trinidad for years and decided to meet in the middle for their elopement. They were married in Pigeon Point, Tobago, under a beautiful flower arch that was moved indoors due to the on and off rain, which in the end made for the coolest day. It's always a pleasure when I get to work with familiar faces, this one especially familiar -- they were married by my aunt Christine and my cousin Caleb serenaded them during the ceremony. One of my favourite planner's Tricia was the best as always, helping the couple be at ease and making my life so much easier! What an amazing way to end 2017!
My first wedding of 2018 definitely started the year off with a bang! Jess' extremely calm personality was such a refreshing sight, she helped her bridesmaids with their makeup after their hair was perfected by the hair boss Jess Pouchet. Everyone got ready in the same room, family and friends were buzzing around the house speaking German, English, Aussie, Trini slang. I knew Jess would make a gorgeous bride but when I saw the Suzanne Harward STUNNER hanging up, I got a case of the butterflies for sure. The decor was perfectly suited to their relaxed vibe as a couple. Fresh coconuts as you entered, walking through a stunning tropical leafy arch by the extremely talented Amanda Drew at Flower Bar at Drew Manor. Huge shout out to their amazing planner Laura Mendes for creating this couple's dream wedding!
Their ceremony was officiated by their best friend Nakita, who couldn't have done a better job, adding her personal touches to an already intimate day. Bougainvillea petals flew through the air as they made their way down their aisle, (THE BEST EXIT EVER!), tears of joy flooded the rest of the day. We walked over to their neighbour's lot of land to catch the amazing afternoon light and basked in the sea breeze from below. To put the icing on the cake, Jess surprised Josh with the band The Carter's, as they had their first dance song to one of my personal favourite Neil Young songs. The speeches were sweet and short, and the night kicked off into a full blown dance party! What an absolutely amazing day. Congrats again Jess & Josh and thank you for allowing me to capture your love!