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Seven years ago, I thought we had a once in a lifetime opportunity. We were asked to fly to Jamaica to capture Megan & Chance’s wedding. It was something I would never forget. Little did I know that this year, we would have that same great honor to travel to Jamaica for another destination wedding. It is such a huge honor to have this family trust us to capture their special memories. And if I am being honest, it is a lot nerve wracking as well. But the minute we stepped onto the resort, I instantly felt welcomed by Derek, Katelyn and their family and friends. Since Derek is Megan’s brother, we already knew so many of the sweet faces that traveled along! It was like a big Jamaica reunion!

You can never fully describe the experience of a desitnation wedding. Derek and Katelyn were surrounded by 36 people who loved them enough to travel to another country to watch them become husband and wife. Traveling like this allows you to truly capture so much more than you ever can on the wedding day alone. One of the biggest perks to destination weddings is the relaxed nature of them. The days leading up to the wedding were spent lounging by the beach or in the pool. The group took a boat ride to snorkel and jump off the cliffs at Rick’s Cafe. We shared many meals together and spent a lot of time laughing along side these amazing people. It was truly a pleasure. We were able to capture the entire experience including the rehearsal dinner, wedding, and a bunch of moments throughout the week.

Even though the wedding was low key, Katelyn still put so much of her personal style into the day. And I have to say that I LOVE her style! From her Kendra Scott jewelry to the perfect shade of blue on the guy’s suits, she made this destination wedding a dream to photograph! Katelyn embraced the tropical feel for her wedding. I loved the pattern pocket square and bridesmaid dress too! It added such a fun pop of pattern! And I am pretty proud of Katelyn’s bouquet because the resort only provided a simple white orchid strand (like the bridesmaids had) and Travis and I turned it into a fun island bouquet using clippings from around the resort! Travis wants to start making bouquets now too! haha! We had so much fun making this one!

Katelyn & Derek, we will forever love you guys for trusting us to document this experience. We are forever grateful to you and your families for flying us to Jamaica, making us feel like one of the family and giving us the opportunity of a lifetime (again!). We wish you the best always!

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It was raining (some liquid sunshine) during their portraits, but these two just rocked it anyway!
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I will be sharing more of their trip soon! Stay tuned!

A special thanks to the following vendors:
Venue: Beaches Negril | Bride’s Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Groomsmen attire: vendor coming soon | Bride’s Gown: Kate McDonald Bridal | Bride’s Bouquet: Travis and Candi Leonard  | Coozies: vendor coming soon | Videography: Travis Leonard | Photography: Candi Leonard Photography

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  1. Megan

    May 31st, 2017 at 9:16 am

    What beautiful photos! It looks like they had an amazing wedding!

  2. Summer

    May 31st, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Tropical perfection! I am so in love with their love!!

  3. Margie McNeill

    May 31st, 2017 at 10:27 am

    The pictures are amazing! It is like being there all over again. Thanks to you two for everything!

  4. Mahlia

    May 31st, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I love it all. SO much!! Her earrings are amazing and that bridal flower hairpiece is gorgeous! Feeling the tropical vibes for this wedding in Jamaica!

  5. Jill Gum

    May 31st, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous as always!!

  6. Valerie Shaney

    May 31st, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    All of these are so gorgeues! They had such a beautiful wedding! I love all of the detail shots incorporating details from the venue!

  7. Kayla Grey

    May 31st, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    What a beautiful wedding, and incredible honor to travel to Jamaica to capture their love story! Her bouquet turned out perfectly, amazing job on that! How sweet of you both to make her day just a bit more special by creating that for her!

  8. ashton

    May 31st, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    This whole wedding is a dream! I hope it was a fun trip, too. Adore everything about this theme, but the flower girls with the flags just got me! 🙂

  9. Kate

    May 31st, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    What an amazing opportunity and beautiful wedding! Love all the vibrant colors paired with the muted blues and white and greenery.

  10. Marquette LaRee

    May 31st, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Ah! What an amazing experience to get to go do another wedding in Jamaica! These are so beautiful. I love the white cake!

  11. Mindy Leigh

    June 1st, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    What an exciting adventure and beautiful couple. Destination weddings are so exciting. I love that you mentioned Rick’s cafe! I have never been, but my parents loved it there.

  12. Misty

    June 1st, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    What a GORGEOUS location for a wedding! It looks like the day was absolutely perfect!