Living in Lake Como, I believe that time by the water is time well spent. For this tropical wedding on the beach in Jamaica, the bride and groom felt the same.
I was beyond thrilled when the bride reached out to me a few months before their wedding day. Typically, I book months in advance. However, fate fell just right because I had their date available!
So, with the help of my team, I spent time with my toes in the sand while capturing this gorgeous destination wedding in Jamaica:
One of my favorite parts of capturing any wedding is the first look. It’s such a sentimental moment the couple can share to soak up each other’s presence before the festivities begin.
Not to mention, it lends itself as the best time to capture the raw, genuine emotion felt on the wedding day.
In the spirit of a destination wedding in Jamaica, I helped the bride and groom choose their first look location under the shade of the lush rainforest.
Nestled in a little cove, with crystal clear blue waves behind them was the pristine white sand beach of the ceremony site at Frenchman’s Cove.
It’s an idyllic wedding venue in Jamaica that effortlessly creates the tropical paradise that so many people dream of.
The excitement that comes with photographing a couple’s wedding day vision as it comes to life never grows old.
And capturing the spirit of this incredible wedding day on the beach in Jamaica was yet another reminder of that!
After spending years preparing for this day, the bride and groom were able to soak up every last moment of their celebration together. All the while, I captured those moments so they can preserve them for their life together.
For such a gorgeous wedding on the beach in Jamaica, a bride needs a couture wedding gown that does it justice. The bride’s Monique Lhuillier gown did exactly that!
It was a stunning form-fitting silhouette that flared into a trumpet-style skirt. And it was complete with embroidered floral appliques throughout the entire creation.
In perfect fashion for the island of Jamaica, the bridesmaids selected a bridesmaid gown or jumpsuit in different shades of moss, forest, and olive.
Rather than choose the same style of dress, each member of the bridal party found an outfit they felt confident in. Of course, any outfit that someone feels confident in creates photography gold!
To continue with the cohesive vision the couple wanted, the wedding day florals were a beautiful combination of native flowers and plants found on the island.
From giant monstera leaves to palm fronds and vibrant pink and orange anthuriums, the floral designs were spectacular. They added such striking visual interest to every photograph they were featured in!
For this couple, all of their love for one another, their guests, and their location shone through in the details.
It was such a treasure finding the smallest touches throughout the day and incorporating those into their photography gallery.
Here’s a snapshot of what I captured to lay the foundation of their wedding story:
I always love when couples tap into the setting of their wedding for inspiration. It helps create a cohesive experience for them and the guests. Not to mention, it always tells such a gorgeous story in their photographs.
For this couple’s wedding, they really focused on the small details. From macrame fans for guests and monstera leaves on the arch to refreshments for the ceremony, Jamaica was on everyone’s mind.
As the guests made their way into the ceremony, they were greeted with coconuts for a refreshing thirst-quencher. The love was visible even there considering every single coconut had the initials of the bride and groom and a bird of paradise image branded onto it.
One of the greatest parts of traveling to photograph these epic ceremonies and celebrations is seeing how every couple incorporates elements of the location into their day.
For this destination wedding in Jamaica, it was so special to see Tahirah Elizabeth and her band perform at the ceremony as the bride walked down the aisle with her father.
During the cocktail hour, a local ska band provided entertainment while family and friends enjoyed plenty of fresh, local hors d’oeuvres.
After such a gorgeous wedding ceremony on the beach, the guests made their way to Norse Hill Estate, which was the bride’s family home on the island.
They hosted the cocktail hour under the main tree, a monument combined of two different types of tree species. The family says the main tree symbolizes unity and love, which perfectly captures the essence of the entire day.
After cocktail hour and couple’s portraits, the guests and the newly married pair took their seats under a custom-created tented wedding.
It was such an extravagant addition to their celebration, with gorgeous string lighting casting a beautiful glow over everything. Large monstera leaves and anthuriums created statement pieces for each table. And, of course, dancing among family and friends gave me so many candid moments to capture as they celebrated the newly married couple!
When it comes to these vibrant, lush weddings, I sometimes have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.
Seeing the magic that this couple dreamed up for their wedding on the beach in Jamaica is something I’ll never get over. And I’m so thankful I was able to capture the story, the emotion, and the natural spirit of it so they can cherish it for a lifetime!
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Wedding Day Vendors:
Photography: Lilly Red
Ceremony Venue: Frenchman’s Cove
Reception Venue: Norse Hill Estate
Wedding Planner: I Do Islands
Floral Designer: Krafted by Design
Rentals: The Plush Touch & Krafted by Design
Ceremony Music: Tahirah Elizabeth & Band
Reception Music: DJ Gensis
Catering: Summerhouse Jamaica
Cake & Desserts: Vinisha Samtani
Bar Service: Hilrun Enterprises Ltd
Production: Starlight Production Jamaica
Officiant: Reverend Diana Honeyghan
Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Bridal Salon: Chic Parisien
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewelry: Cult Gaia
Hair: Lisa Hutchinson
Makeup: Kimberly Patterson