One of the most amazing things about photographing destination weddings (besides the fact that they are often located in exotic parts of the world, have amazing beaches, and are really WARM when Vancouver is NOT!) is the feeling of being part of the family. This describes our most recent wedding in Antigua with JP and Joanna. We met them at wedding show at the beginning of 2013 and we instantly liked them because of their warmth and genuine comfort with each other. JP had an avid appreciation of photography (right up Randal's alley!), which created lots of great conversations at every meeting. We really loved the way they connected, and JP's jokes which Joanna laughed at every time!
The wedding was held at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa - and it is just as exotic and wonderful as it sounds! The resort really lived up to its name in service, food and wedding coordination, as well as provided a wonderful escape for all the guests and particularly, the wedding couple. We owe a special mention to their amazing wedding co-ordinator, Luana, who helped JP and Joanna with all of their wedding needs, and made everything so incredibly smooth for them. Plus, her smile and witty sense of humour added a Carribean charm to all conversations!
The wedding day was bright and sunny, with a bit of cloud cover (we were thankful for that here as well as the ocean breezes!), and Joanna and JP were cool as cucumbers preparing for their nuptials. We were so impressed by the way they handled all of the preparations leading up to the trip - an orientation for the guests, wedding booklets and passport/ticket holders to keep everything together, and in our rooms, we were greeted with a box of “things we might need” like bug spray and sunburn soother! It helped that they had visited the resort twice before, so they knew what others might want for their stay.
The simple ceremony was held at dusk on the beach, and Joanna wore what can only be described as “foot bling” in the place of shoes - so sensible for beach weddings! JP looked very handsome in his tan suit and coral hat - the colours were great and matched the bridesmaid’s dresses perfectly. Cocktails and family photos followed the ceremony, and then it was time to walk over to the far side of the resort for the reception. Tables had been set up around the end of a fountain pool, so it was really a night under the stars - until the rain came to push us all under a nearby gazebo! The staff managed the move with ease (perhaps they had done it before knowing the Antigua rains?), and the evening went on without a hitch. One of the wonderful things about a small intimate wedding is that almost every guest could say a few words about the bride and groom - and the for the very first time, we were also asked to say something! We were really honoured to do this for JP and Joanna, as it has been such a lovely experience getting to know them over the past year or so.
Photography by Randal Kurt for Randal Kurt Photography. Assisted by Meralon Shandler. Photographed at the spectacular Sandals Grand Antigua.