A guide to planning a destination wedding
Planning a destination wedding? Talk to me about your plans! As someone who specialises in destination weddings and loves travel, I have the experience and passion to capture your wedding day abroad.
How I capture your destination wedding
In my 5 years as a wedding photographer I’ve been lucky enough to travel to incredible places like Sri Lanka, Ibiza, New York and Italy. I’ve learnt a lot from my couples about planning a destination wedding and how to capture the unique atmosphere of an international wedding
Each destination wedding I’ve shot has been different, from vibrant city weddings to idyllic rural ceremonies. That’s the joy in a destination wedding, they’re so unique and you literally have a world of possibilities to create your perfect, personalised wedding.
How to plan your destination wedding
Destination weddings need a little more planning than one closer to home, but you’ll be rewarded with a memorable wedding for you and your guests.
Many of my couples choose to spend a few days at their chosen location, allowing them to explore the area and the venue. This also means you can spend time with family, add those finishing touches to your day and relax after the big day.
Often couples arrange a welcome brunch, lunch or barbecue the day before to help guests get settled. I can photograph any pre-wedding celebrations, and I include this time in my fee. It’s important to capture each part of your wedding, and having me there before the big day helps me get to know everyone. This also means more natural photos, people are able to get used to a photographer and so they’ll be totally ready before the big day.
Well before your wedding you should thoroughly scope out your choice of destination and wedding too. Always visit your venue well ahead of your wedding day to find the right place for your ceremony or reception, and to pinpoint what you particularly love about the area. Then pass that on to your wedding photographer, the more details the better.
For me, when I’m shooting a destination wedding I like to arrive one or two days before the wedding celebrations to visit the venue – getting a feel for the location and meeting staff or wedding planners.
Light is also super important in my planning, I’ll always scope out the best light for your couples portraits, family photos and night shots beforehand. That way when the day is here (when time is sometimes short), I have a plan to make the most from your day.
Finding a destination wedding photographer
Weddings are about people. The focus of my photography has always been people and their relationships, and there’s no better place than a wedding to find what makes people special. Destination weddings are even better; they tend to be more relaxed which fits perfectly with my people-focused photography approach. I can capture natural, fun photos of your guests enjoying themselves.
It is an absolute dream to be a destination photographer, I love my work and I feel lucky that I get to celebrate the most special days of people’s lives.
If you’re looking for an experienced and friendly destination wedding photographer then I’d love to hear your plans! Get in touch to tell me what about your wedding day.