A destination wedding is a dream come true for most photographers, not only because of where you will be shooting, but also, the trust and faith the bride and groom put upon you to capture the best day one could ever have. It was that trust and faith that Sean & Robyn Bacon had in us to capture their wedding day in Nassau, Bahamas. Which had me running on no sleep durning the 13 hour flights to Nassau. My mind felt like, at times, it could explode with all the different ideas we could try. To calm down a little, I started listening to Sean and Robyn's wedding music to help give me insight into their personalities and to let me know the type of photography they would like. It helped me see how they see the world, and how they would view their wedding day.
Once we touched down in the Bahamas, my wife and I were running on nearly no sleep for 24 hours, but I was gifted with a second, and even third wind, so to speak. We were here!!! Even before we checked into our room, my camera was glued to my face. I mean how could you not?! I just couldn't help it!
These were some of the first pictures I took once we got to the resort. It would set the tone for the trip and the wedding pictures. What a beautiful area of the world; it was so much more then I could have hope for !
We had a few hours to our selves once we checked into our room. My wife was smart and grabbed a few hours of much needed sleep. I, on the other hand, was not so smart. Still buzzing; my mind running at warp speed, I walked around the resort some more to see what I could see. I am always on the lookout for that one unforgettable moment.
Later on, we had the privilege of joining the bridal party at their rehearsal dinner, which was held at a place called the Poop Deck! Also where the wedding would be. Strange name, eh? Well, the name "Poop Deck" originates for the French word for stern, la poupe, from Latin, puppis. Thus, the Poop Deck is technically a stern deck, which in sailing ships, was usually elevated as the roof of the stern or "after" cabin, also known as the "poop cabin".
So, now you know what it means. It was such a perfect venue for a wedding. Beach, sun, sand, ocean & rum! (think of delicious margaritas made with the best rum you can imagine, and top that thought with a beautiful beach; that will put a huge smile on your face too) I have said a few times that I am always looking for THAT moment. I wish I could tell you what that moments is. It could really be anything, but, you know it when you see it. When I look at people, I try to capture the emotion of the moment so when you look at the photo you can feel what they were thinking. As we were all eating our dinner I looked across at the groom-to-be, and he had this brilliant thousand miles stare. I think he was hoping none of us would pick up on his little moment, but I had to make sure it was captured. We may never really know for sure what he was thinking, BUT I think the photo speaks for itself.
The day of the wedding could not have been better. The weather was perfect, with just enough clouds in the sky to soften the sun. The plan was to let the girls enjoy the beach in the morning, then give the guys a shift once the girls started getting ready.
What I remember most is how laid back everyone was. I was swimming in the ocean with all the guys and asked the groom what time is was. No one knew or really cared to0 much. It is not too often a whole wedding party, and its guests, can go take a swim before a wedding and not have to worry about being late for the event.
The next few photos show the girls and guys getting ready. Keep in mind the condos were side by side, so I kept running back and forth between the two.
So, as the girls were doing this,
This is what the guys were up to in nearly the very same moment.
Thats right, having some drinks and telling old war stories. It was only an hour until GO time!
But, after a few drinks, and old memories, they did clean up pretty nicely.
The pictures that will follow are of the Poop Deck beach. From previous photos, we know that the area the bride and groom picked would look great; but when we showed up, we were shocked at how much work the staff put into cleaning the beach and setting everything up. Just one word was spoken by the groom
I could give a long winded story about the next set of photos that follows, however, there is no need. This is the Ceremony, the moments that the Sean & Robyn have been waiting for their whole lives. So Enjoy!
Nothing makes you feel more content than finding the person who helps you to be the best version of yourself.
A perfectly happy day, with a wonderful ceremony, and the added bonus of life long friends to complete the happiness.
I felt right in my element with so much to capture. What a privilege.
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Shaun & Gina Kennedy
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