Wedding Wednesday this week takes place at the Sandals Grand Resort on the island of St. Lucia. The point of wedding photography has always been to catch the little moments of love on someone’s special day. With a venue like this, where the sun radiates through every rise and fall of the ocean and every color seems brighter and more alive than anywhere else, there is a bursting feeling of excitement which makes trapping each small instance of beauty and emotion almost overwhelming. Everywhere you turn there is something new and even more gorgeous to focus attention on; so many stunning vistas that force awe and wonder into your soul without asking for permission. Brooke and Kyle chose the most perfect location to make their vows to each other and we cannot thank them enough for allowing us to become part of the start of their lifelong story together.
Every picture needs a pulse, a lifeblood of energy coursing through it. St. Lucia provided that sensation of life with each morning bringing out a new feeling to be caught and held onto. Throughout rehearsal day there was an air of fun and lighthearted playfulness running rampant through the bridal party as they giggled their way down an imaginary ceremony aisle imitating their roles for the main event. Brooke and Kyle kept things laid back, but even in a simple pair of shorts and a light, breezy top Brooke looked absolutely beautiful. With her pretty blonde hair kept back from her face in a side braid and her blue eyes glowing from under her lashes, we can definitely see why Kyle fell in love. Flashing her ring and holding a mock bouquet, she practiced making her way toward the man of her dreams amidst family and friends, all celebrating alongside them. That evening the happiness that had carried through the day was swept into a night of heartfelt speeches, free-flowing cocktails and laughter. What better way to prepare for the most memorable and defining moment of life than enjoying the people who know them best?
The morning and afternoon of the wedding itself, as Brooke and Kyle posed together with the beach in the background, there was a sense of deep romance and adoration for each other that put the bustling beauty of their location into perspective. Looking at Brooke in her gorgeous white dress, we can only imagine the thoughts running through Kyle’s mind knowing that he gets to spend his every waking moment from this day forward with this woman as a part of his life. She chose the perfect style for an exotic destination. With a deep sweetheart neckline, just a hint of sparkle defining her waist and a skirt that tumbled to the ground in soft, floating ruffles, she seemed to belong there with the sand and the sun and the breeze tussling the feathers of her dress. No veil to hide her face, just a few simple white flowers tucked into her hair and Brooke was flawless.
Kyle took his place by the altar, looking polished in a light tan suit with a pop of turquoise to offset his recently acquired tan skin. The bridesmaids were fresh faced and excited on the arms of the groomsmen as one by one they made their way down the aisle in Tiffany blue dresses accentuated by ivory rhinestone belts. Though everyone looked incredible, all dressed to the nines, no one could top the bride as she clutched a fistful of coral and canary blooms and walked forward to her new life and her future with Kyle. As they gazed into each other’s faces and recited their promises, emotions were high and tears fell signifying the purity of the commitment they were making for a lifetime to come.
Every single piece of this celebration of love was perfect, from the eye catching sparkle of Brooke’s engagement ring to the bow tie around Kyle’s neck, the heartfelt notes exchanged before the ceremony, and the matching tank tops the bridesmaids wore. Love is definitely in the tiniest of details coming together to create an unforgettable experience. This was a wedding that will be impossible to erase from the memory of anyone lucky enough to be involved in it. With the brightly vibrant soul of St. Lucia exuding out of every photograph taken during this five day event, with the colors of the island sweeping us into a spirit of emotional awakening, and with the utter joy expressed on the faces of each individual loved one joining in the festivities, we can’t help but want to relive these moments that were captured over and over again.
SNAP ME AND LET'S CHAT!
I'm Ron, a destination wedding photographer, entrepreneur, mentor + educator. Through the power of Self-Actualization, I inspire people to ignite their passions and create their dreams. I teach #FindYourFocus. I am the CEO of Ron Delhaye Studios and Co-Founder + Creative Director of UPportunity, a Youth Mentorship Foundation.
I'm on Instagram @RonDelhayePhoto (artist) + @RonDelhaye (personal). Snap me over your morning coffee!
COMING NEXT #WEDDINGWEDNESDAY
Destination Daydreams: St. Lucia, East Caribbean (Part II)