A couple years ago I met up with Emily and Erik for their engagement session at Turkeyfoot Lake. I had SO much fun with them and was really looking forward to their wedding that following summer. However, Erik is in the military and his deployment dates changed and they had to cancel their wedding. I was so sad because I really enjoyed working with them. Unfortunately their alternative date didn’t work for me as I already had a wedding scheduled. I didn’t hear anything until near their wedding date when Emily emailed and mentioned they had ended up deciding to elope while on a cruise at Christmas on the Carnival Splendor. I offhandedly mentioned that I do photograph destination weddings and after some chatting back and forth, I was brought on board to be their wedding photographer in St. Thomas!!!
The day before Christmas Eve we met up with Emily and Erik after their ship docked (instead of cruising I stayed on St. Thomas at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef near their wedding site) on Lime Tree Beach. It was such a beautiful spot for an intimate St. Thomas wedding! After the ceremony we took some portraits on the beach and the resort before heading over to get lunch at a nearby resort before they went back to the ship. It was a perfect wedding day and I am SO happy that I was able to still be their photographer after all.
Thank you both SO much for trusting me with your wedding day and for allowing me to visit paradise with you!
PS: For pretty pictures I took of the trip, hit up my blog with them here!
I lucked out with a room that overlooked Charlotte Amalie and the port that their cruise ship, the Carnival Splendor, was docking at so I was able to capture this image of their ship arriving on their wedding day from my balcony!
After seeing them dock we headed over to Bluebeard’s Beach Club and I captured some images of the resort while I waited for them to arrive.
Needless to say, Lime Tree Beach is a gorgeous spot for a St. Thomas wedding ceremony!
To start off the wedding ceremony the officiant tossed wedding petals which was really neat!
It was a warm but BEAUTIFUL day in St. Thomas. The day before had drizzled off and on and luckily it all blew out to sea for their wedding day.
I can’t get over how beautiful this wedding ceremony was!
It was also a beautiful ceremony in spirit as well. It wasn’t your typical quick ceremony when it’s just the wedding couple saying I Do and kissing, there was a lot of beautiful vows and words spoken. It was perfect!
Exchanging of the rings when we got a bit of a reprieve from the sun thanks to the clouds!
It seriously looks like a post card here!
And my favorite, after the kiss! The sun also came back!
I loved the view as they walked to the other side of the beach for some more portraits.
This is the earlier palm tree I took a picture of while waiting for them to arrive.
It was quickly my favorite spot on the beach!
Seriously, what a perfect day for a St. Thomas wedding!
A few more portraits in the sun before they took a water break!
While my husband was getting them water and they cooled off in the shade I played with the rings in the sand.
After a break we went into the shade on the Bluebeard’s Beach Club’s grounds and took some more portraits.
I love this one of her looking down at her beautiful dress!
This casual portrait of Erik was my favorite of him from the day!
I’m so happy that everything worked out and I was able to photograph them on their wedding day!
One last portrait on the adorable bridge at the club before heading to a late lunch!
We ended up having lunch at a nearby resort, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, which had this yummy restaurant called Iggies Beach Bar & Grill. It was absolutely delicious and it was nice to spend some time with them before we went our separate ways!
One last pic with their sunglasses before we said goodbye!