You know, it’s one thing to be able to do destination weddings – traveling and exploring new places while making photos of beautiful people is one of my favorite things to do. It’s another thing to be asked by amazing photographers to come with them and document their day. That trust makes me smile.
Patrick Smith is an amazing photographer based in Baltimore whose work I’ve admired for a long time and have been virtual/facebook/email friends with for a while now. When I got the email that he wanted me to be there to photograph him marrying Katie on 12-12-12 at 12:00pm after 12 years of dating (yes, it’s true – even their flight arrival time was 12:12), I was humbled.
Their day was perfectly Bahamas. Laid back and not really scripted as all (we call that island time), Patrick and Katie had fun with it. Bridesmaids and groomsmen dove into the crystal blue waters after the ceremony, beer flowed like wine, and a lot of love shown from his group of wonderful and welcoming family gathered there share the day. Patrick, Katie and I took a taxi ride through town to a couple colorful places I had scouted on the way in to make some photos, and ended the day at sunset with a crazy boat ride to a tiny jagged rock island off the coast as the warm light gave way to night. It was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve been blessed to be a part of – especially since I survived.
To put a bow on this adventure, these guys jumped into the ocean – dress and all – and spent the final remaining hours with some drinks and good people poolside.
Perfect destination wedding goodness.
Congrats again and thank you again for having me, you crazy kids.