When traveling out of the country for a destination wedding, I always arrive a couple days early in order to get the lay of the land, contact any local vendors, meet with the bride and groom, allow for any travel-mishaps and to get a feel for the light at sunset. Not only do I feel more comfortable about the wedding day itself, but it allows me to also spend a day exploring and relaxing before a very long day of work.
Whenever traveling out of the country (for either work or pleasure), it is good to start with the governments travel website to see if their are any travel restrictions OR if you need to obtain a work visa before entering the country.
Katie, my destination wedding second-shooter (who also happens to be my younger sister), was my travel partner for my Jamaica wedding. I will never travel out of the country without a second shooter...one, you can cover so much more ground, photography-wise, with two photographers, but it also much safer traveling in two's (just ask Noah).
We took a half-day to explore the countryside of Jamaica and was able to travel via bobsled down a rain forrest, which was pretty amazing! We learned about the Rastafarian religion, Jamaica's exports, what "festival" was and even had a rum-punch or two. Here is a collage of iPhone pics from our adventures:
Danielle and Dave got married last weekend in beautiful Jamaica, which is part of the Caribbean (arghhhh matey, as my boys like to say). Jamaica, just like any of the other Caribbean islands, can have LOTS of rain. However, it passes through very quickly and usually only disrupts about 5 minutes of your day. Danielle and Dave's wedding day was absolutely PERFECT, not a rain cloud in the sky!!
They wed on the grounds of Hummingbird Hall, which is also where they had their cocktail hour. Once everyone was done with their rum punch, they headed over to the Iberostar Suites where the party continued with dinner and dancing. One detail that made their day over-the-top was the lighting of the lanterns...the last image in this series shows all the guests on the beach lighting their lanterns and making a wish, it was quite the site to see!!
Big thanks to Alisha, who is the Creative Director at Hummingbird Hall...she did an amazing job coordinating the wedding. And, thank you to my destination wedding second-shooter, Katie, you rocked it girl! Also want to give a shout-out to Diane Monk of Destination Weddings Travel for making our trip to Jamaica seamless!
Danielle and Dave...we wish you ALL THE BEST in the future, you two compliment each other perfectly and we are extremely honored that we were invited to document your special day, enjoy your images!!
This past weekend we spent with family in New Orleans. Steve and Michel recently had a new baby boy, Rivers, so we were all excited to see the new addition to the family. As soon as the plane landed in NOLA, Easton yelled "we get to go see Baby Rivers!!!".
The boys had a fun time wearing Steve's helmet cam. It was a little top-heavy, so Mark had to make sure the boys wouldn't tip over. :-)
For Thanksgiving, we headed over to the Varisco house (Michel's parents) to have an AMAZING Thanksgiving feast!! Ryland and Easton were pumped to be around more kids, so they played the entire time!
The next day, we jetted off to the race track! We arrived a little bit before the crew, but that didn't stop us from betting right away. Jackson (aka, my mom), won $60 right off the bat! It was her lucky day! The kids had a fun time running around, playing football and enjoying the horse-racing!
On Saturday, we hit up the Audubon Zoo, which was BEAUTIFUL!! The boys favorite exhibit was the live-animal petting and the Dinosaurs!
After about an hour and a half at the zoo we got a text from my mom that said "want to go to the Saints practice?". Hummmm, let me thing about it....YES! So, we ran for the exit and met Steve and Mike at the Saints practice facility. We met the owner, the GM, several coaches and players. Everyone was very nice!!! We even got to play a little catch with Drew Brees (see video and pics below).
Lastly, was the big event...GLEASON GRAS! If you don't already know the story about my step-brother, this is a great article, written by Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune: http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2011/09/new_orleans_saints_cult_hero_s.html
It was an AMAZINGLY INSPIRING event...the support of New Orleans is overwhelming and truly a site to see, glad I was able to be a part of it!
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Thanks to the Gleason-Varisco family for a super-fun Thanksgiving weekend. It was great to see everyone and hope to be back in NOLA soon!!! Love y'all: Keri and the boys
Nov. 11, 2011 (11-11-11) was a big day in the wedding world. Who wouldn't want a cool anniversary date like that?! Josie and Javram almost even got married at 11:11 AM (it was close, but not official). :-)
They said their vows at the Denver Courthouse and then met me in the afternoon for a wedding shoot. It is not too often where I get a full hour to do bridal portraits and just LOOK AT THEM!! Stunning!! I had so much fun walking around the park on a beautiful fall afternoon. The bouquet was from the talented ladies at The Perfect Petal.
Josie and Javram, I had a fabulous time and wish you two all the best in the world, you deserve it all!!
This last set of images are probably some of my favorite images I have ever taken. It was pretty overcast most of the shoot, but the last 10 minutes a little bit of the sun peaked out from the clouds and made for some awesome back light and rim light! Love it when that happens!
OK, PART TWO of our LSU-Alabama post from a couple days ago.
So, our day started at 7 AM, when we drove to Tuscaloosa from Birmingham, AL. That left us with nearly 12 hours on campus until the game started. We took a historical walking tour of UA and saw some beautiful architecture! Brandi used to give parent orientations at the school, so she knew the answer to all of my questions!!
Get this...greek life at Alabama is a little different than Wazzu. If you live in a sorority and want to go to the game, you need to be asked out on a date to attend. AND, here is the kicker, you have to DRESS up!! A dress, at a ballgame?? Yes, indeed. I saw masses of little sorority gals dancin' around in their little dresses...just something I am not quite used to at a sporting event.
Lastly, tailgating. One word, FANTASTIC! They have it down! If you can image over 1500 tents sprawled out in the middle of campus all smellin' like BBQ, then you can imagine Alabama tailgating. Loved it! These set-ups are no joke, either. I am talkin' multiple flat-screen TV's, chandeliers hanging from the rafters, lounge chairs, all the fixin's and genuine southern hospitality! I can see why people don't even need a ticket to the game.
Here is the view out of Brandi's house, beautiful!! Thanks again, chica, I had a blast!!