I’m so, so late with blogging this shoot and it’s actually one of my favourites!! Earlier this year I was lucky enough to have participated in a historical moment in Trinidad’s civil rights culture. I was part of a group of about a hundred advocates picketed outside of Parliament for the law against buggery to be repealed. I’ve always been a huge LGBTQ+ rights advocate but never could find a way to express it, other than telling any gay person I come across how much I love them and strike up a conversation in hopes for them to become my new best friend.
Luckily, the bill was repealed and this was a huge win for the LGBTQ+ community on our small, little island. I found myself wanting to promote this monumental achievement- so I offered up a same sex shoot to any couple who wanted to let me 3rd wheel. Unfortunately, on our small, little island there is still a pretty big stigma about a Queer couple showing PDA.
However these two beauties were bold and brave enough to answer my desperate plea. I met up with Jordan and Ishta at my favourite dive, Drink! Wine Bar. Needless to say, we all needed a few drinks to loosen up- but once we did, we chatted about global issues, school, girls, boys, clothes and everything else under the sun. I felt like I was just catching drinks with two great friends, except for the fact that every other minute they were kissing! These two have such a great love, young and fresh and super exciting to witness!
So if you see this post, and you’ve thought about doing photos with your lover- but felt like you couldn’t…. YOU CAN! and you should!
Tara and Stephen’s wedding week was one that was extra special to me, I flew into Barbados to begin their celebrations on my 27th birthday. Straight off the plane, we celebrated on a catamaran for their last party as “singles”. I’m not one to make a big deal out of my birthday and as I get older certainly not, but Tara, in true Tara fashion- made the cruise about me. Told everyone it was my bday, made a highly embarrassing but much appreciated birthday speech over the speakers.
On Friday we headed up to Ebworth Plantation, their beautiful island home for the rehearsal of the ceremony. Sun-shining skies and drinks flowing, the day couldn’t get any better- except it did. Topped it off with my favourite food for dinner- PIZZA at the cutest little restaurant, Orange Street Grocer.
Tara and Stephen’s story actually began many years ago when dated in their teens into their twenties. They parted ways, but always kept their eyes and thoughts on each other. Flash forward a few years later, they were both single and popped into each other’s minds yet again. I think they both knew this time it would be different. Tara challenged Stephen to prove his intentions, and he did- jumped on a plane to Trinidad and the rest is history!
The two had a daughter, Sophie soon after and decided that their little family would only be complete if they sealed the deal. I had anticipated that the wedding would be super emotional, being that they’re both friends of mine and we’ve shared some amazing times together. Boy, oh boy, I was right! Everything about the day was perfect, even when the clouds opened up and poured down on them as the ceremony began. The continued on and off all night, but this never stopped guests danced the night away with their umbrellas. Everyone had the most amazing time feting in the rain. I couldn’t have imagined a more spectacular way to start a marriage.
Events + Decor by Giselle
Hair: Victor Oliver Salon + Dejavu Salon
MUA: Amanda Cummins + Gordon Espinet
Videography- Cielo Productions
Second Shooter: Diana Digital Studio
Florals by Flowershop and Galerie
Country House Caterers
Arveyann and Cleavon’s wedding day took place in a historical weekend for Trinidad & Tobago. We experienced some of the worst flooding ever. There were many hiccups in the day, including Arvey’s wedding gown being stuck in South Trinidad, luckily and by the graces of an amazing wedding planner, Nikki Roach- a dress was borrowed, until…. by the grace of an amazing designer, Darcel Van she received her dress after the ceremony. Many of Cleavon’s family weren’t able to attend the wedding. That being said- none of these hurdles phased them. They were there, they were sealing the deal and that’s all that mattered.
These two demonstrated so much patience and empathy on their wedding day. While we were awaiting to hear about her wedding dress, Arveyann simply looked at me and said, there are people out there who are so much worse off right now- that type of attitude in the face of adversity is so commendable. Many brides would have had an immediate meltdown and thought their day was ruined. Not this one!
Huge thanks to all vendors, friends and family who pulled this day together and made it extremely special and minimally stressful for this sweet couple who deserve nothing more!
Life and its twists and turns..
Every part of this life we live is such a juxtaposition. We’ll never know what’s in store for us and can take years to figure out but once we do, it’s comforting to know there’s always LOVE. Always, always, Love.
Amanda and Jason couldn’t be more deserving of this eternal love for one another.
These two didn’t stop laughing all day. Together with their friends and family, Hilary and Karl sealed the deal and danced the night away under the stars. Karl’s dad jokes had everyone in stitches during the speeches and his sweet, touching words about Hilary had me in tears hiding behind the camera (what’s new). Their portraits were extra special when we took a detour to Karl’s old high school, QRC- where many of his teenage years were spent dreaming of day he’d find an amazing girl to spend his life with. On the 29th of September, Karl’s dream came true!
When I first met up with Rheeda and Shezad, I knew right away their energy was going to be great on their wedding day. They’re both naturally quite shy, but when they’re together they bring out a different side to one another. I was so happy to shoot a wedding at the beautiful Ohana Villa in Tobago, the surroundings of the villa stood alone but were enhanced by the decor by the extremely talented Jennifer Goberdhan. The couple stayed true to their modern roots and added a mix with their traditional religious ceremony.
Elizabeth and Strasser’s wedding day was just like any other, except not at all.
These two share such a quiet, sweet, love. Not all couples are the same, and sometimes this is so refreshing to see. Alot of the times, my couples are out going, bursting at the seams throughout the day, but these two were in their own special world.
Enamoured with one another, forever and ever.
Krista and Drue had so many personal touches that made their wedding day special and their own. The girls started off the day with a little yoga and meditation session right before they dressed to get the nerves down.
Their love of Star Wars and all things comic book played a huge role in the day- Krista even surprised Drue with a Lightsaber entrance to the Star Wars theme song! Their bridal party was so fun, warm and welcoming that the day flew by and felt like I was partying with my friends.
Thank you so much Krista and Drue for sharing this amazing day with me!!
Traveling for destination weddings is always so much fun. I arrived the day before the wedding, collected my rental- made a wrong turn and actually landed up at the Villa where the bride and her family was staying as her mom was delivering some wedding stuff. Talk about timing! I immediately was welcomed with open arms by Julia and her family. We caught up on the run down of the day and off we went. The next morning I arrived back at the villa to start the day- Julia, the stunning model and bride and her girls (who literally are all ALSO stunning models) were getting ready while decorators and staff buzzed around below. The day flew and soon enough we were down at the beach, ready for Julia and Jack to say their vows, their beautiful hand written vows to one another. The ceremony ended with a Jewish tradition- breaking the glass as the guests- cheered Mazel Tov!
The rest of the day and night went off without a hitch- from the beautiful heart felt speeches and amazing live band. The day truly was so special- even more special, sharing Julia and Jack’s love which was felt by all who were in their presence!
Kristin and Josh's wedding day was one of the most beautiful days I've ever photographed. I've never experienced such overwhelming fog in my life. While absolutely mesmerizing in theory, in reality, we all had hair the size of a Texan beauty queen. Kristin was such a champion, taking it all in stride, with every down pour that came she wasn't even phased- the only thing that she was concerned her was when her beloved fur baby Riot would arrive to walk up the aisle with Josh.
The rain stopped, the fog subsided and they were blessed in a beautiful, intimate ceremony. The party got started almost immediately with her long time friends' dance to Super Trooper by ABBA *one of my favourites! It was such a special night, amazing music, gorgeous location and the happiest married couple!
“Love is not breathlessness; It is not excitement; It is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love”, which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”
Vanita and Darren began their new lives together by celebrating in a two part wedding weekend. The first, a very special and emotional Hindu ceremony at the stunning Hanuman Temple in Trinidad. I always love when couples give the traditional ceremonies a modern twist. Their second celebration was a seaside ceremony and reception in Tobago the following weekend. Both events were equally as special and touching to the couple and their families. Vanita and Darren had so many loved ones fly in from all over the country to celebrate their love, it truly was such an honour to get to know them both and spend time with them as they embark on this new chapter in life! Congrats again you two!
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