I had the absolute pleasure of photographing a destination wedding in the Cayman Islands earlier this month. My good friend Catherine Conkle, an amazing Los Angeles-based wedding and events planner, introduced me to Laura and Sacha and together, we executed a wonderful wedding, if I do say so myself! This was our setting at the Caribbean Club on Seven Mile Beach:
With a backdrop like this one, how could a wedding not be amazing? And so it was. Laura and Sacha planned every detail of this event, with Catherine’s help, and it was just beautiful in every way!
Laura and Sacha were gracious hosts to their twenty-six guests (twenty-eight if you include me and Catherine) and had little gift bags (side note: rum cake is delish!) and lovely Jordan almonds as presents of thanks for the attendees:
For a destination wedding, I think it really helps to have a wedding coordinator; Catherine and I were able to help with many aspects of the day, including making the bridesmaids’ bouquets and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres! We had a lot of fun arranging flowers for the cocktail tables, as well, and putting together the darling message-in-a-bottle guestbook Laura dreamed up:
This gorgeous couple got ready for their sunset ceremony on floors two and three of an oceanfront villa (floor one was the party site later in the night):
We planned to do our individual bride and groom portraits, and family portraits, before the ceremony, since the sun would be going down fast post-wedding. It worked out great!
The sunset ceremony was beyond gorgeous. How romantic can you get? Water, sand, sky, and your nearest and dearest in rows of white chairs before a canopy facing the sea. Perfection. Laura and Sacha surprised their guests by placing seven blessings taped to the underside of chairs and asking people to check beneath their seats mid-service. Those with the blessings got to stand up and read them out loud – so touching!
As the sun dipped below the horizon, we got a few quick group portraits and enjoyed creating some lovely beach-side portraits of the newlyweds. Cavorting barefoot in the sand is the BEST!
Then, it was time for a delicious dinner at the Caribbean Club’s excellent restaurant, Luca. There were heartwarming toasts and belly warming food, a perfect combination:
After dinner, the party resumed at the Villa for dancing and dessert:
It was a magical day and night. Congratulations, Laura and Sacha!