CHRISTINE + STEVEN | {destination wedding} | november 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

On November 7th, two amazing things happened. Two very sweet people, together with their family and friends, exchanged vows in paradise and joined hands in marriage under a tropical sunset sky. And I fulfilled a dream!
Where do I begin...
Saying that I was honored to shoot Christine + Steven's destination wedding would be an understatement. It was by far a highlight of my photography career. I have wanted to be a photographer since I was sixteen years old. I never realized where it would actually take me.
I met Christine last year. At her sisters wedding. It was a beautiful summer day in July. I was the photographer. When the opportunity came to work with these girls and their wonderful family again, I was so pleased. When Christine emailed me and asked if I would be available to shoot her destination wedding, I was thrilled beyond measure. To know someone is willing to put their faith in you to capture their wedding day is an amazing  feeling. To be flown to paradise to shoot their wedding is out-of-this-world...there simple aren't enough words.
Christine + Steven said "I do" at the Luxury Dreams Punta Cana Resort in the Dominican Republic. Lush gardens, blue skies and palm trees offered the perfect backdrop for their Caribbean wedding. The warm tropical breeze was dreamy. The ceremony took place in the main courtyard beneath the wedding gazebo just before sunset, followed by an outdoor candlelight reception. The whole day was magic. I feel so blessed to have been part of it.
Christine + Steven, Congratulations to you both! Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of your special day. I wish you the happiest of lives together. May the joy and happiness you felt on your wedding day remain in your hearts forever and may the sun always shine whenever you may be. Love makes life a paradise. May it surround you always.

The ceremony was set to begin at 5pm and at the time, the sunset in Punta Cana took place at 5:56pm...not much time for pictures. Christine + Steven opted to see each other before the wedding ceremony (often referred to as a "First-Look") to ensure we had plenty of time for pictures around the resort.
The first couple of images here were taken on the Himitsu (Japanese) Restaurant terrace, which overlooks the Santo Domingo Plaza and Wedding Gazebo.
The First Look...
So Sweet...


...and then it was time to walk down the aisle.

Christine and Steven are blessed to have such a lovely group of people in their lives.


The cocktail party, followed by the wedding dinner and dance took place on the El Patio Terrace. Sitting along the side of the Mexican Restaurant, the El Patio Terrace featured a pergola-styled roof and stone archways, lush gardens and water fountains. It was a beautiful venue to celebrate a beautiful day.

...and they danced the night away.

To my husband, Tom, Thank You for sharing this dream with me. Thank you for acting as my human light stand and for offering a smile and wink of support whenever time allowed. I love you.


Michelle Hicks November 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM  

absolutely stunning job, Emma.

Emma November 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM  

Thank you Michelle.

Anonymous November 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM  

I dont think most people would realise that a destination wedding has its own set of challenges - Here in NL you have rain and wind and cold to deal with. But in the Carribean you have bright bright sun and heat problems not to mention you dont know the locale that has to be scary.

But once again you nailed it - Perfect job - Emma.


Anonymous November 21, 2012 at 1:28 PM  

Stunning, what a excellect job!! would highly recommend iemma

Jennifer Dawe Photography November 22, 2012 at 3:32 PM  

Emma, these are breathtaking! :)

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