One of the great things about destination weddings is it gives me a chance to do some street photography, and a new location is always big time eye candy! Here are a few of my favorite black and whites from the trip.
The day started with breakfast on the porch, and soon after folks were starting to prepare for the wedding day. The farm workers gathered flowers and Laura (Whitney's mom) created arrangements. Whitney and Chip chose to do their portraits during a "first look" session, seeing each other before the ceremony. Chip stood in a field of tall red flowers as Whitney walked out to greet him in her dress. It was an amazing setting for this very romantic start to their wedding festivities! We then headed down to the old mill for a few more portraits before the ceremony. The old sugar cane mill, out of use for many years and now rusted into place, was a beautiful back drop for their ceremony. Their rings were passed from guest to guest for blessings and after the ceremony everyone paraded to the farm house led by a dear friend playing the ukulele. We dined on the porch and just before toasts were given we had the sudden realization that a page had been skipped during the ceremony and they hadn't said their "I Do's". So with a laugh and a lot of love they stood again in front of everyone and finished their ceremony. To add a bit St. Lucia farm-charm to the event they cut the cake with a machete. The chef, his staff, and the farm employees all joined us for the toasts in which Whitney and Chip saluted them for their amazing effort to pull off a full week of hosting the guests. The next day we met up at lunch and hopped in Terry's truck for a trip to the beach for a day-after photo session on the beach with horses! I had three elements not working in my favor for the shoot: the strong wind, extremely long shadows and the sand and sea water being blown up into my camera. At one point I was in the water up to my shoulders shooting and if I wanted to change a lens, I had to run up the beach and crouch down in the grass to try to change my lens out of the wind-blown sand. I must of cleaned the sea spray off my lens 20 times! It was all worth it - I love the images and am excited to be posting them for you here!
Congratulations Whitney & Chip! Your wedding was amazing and I had such a great time with you, your family, and your friends!
Cheers ~ Matt
Three years ago Whitney called our studio to inquire about our availability for her sister Georgia's wedding. Whitney works in the media department of the Peabody Essex Museum, where she met Chip, and where she also saw our work from a wedding reception at the Museum. So we scheduled a meeting for her sister and when Georgia and her then fiance Per came to visit it was like meeting old friends. Georgia and Per's wedding was gorgeous and at the end of the night, when Georgia tossed her bouquet, Whitney caught it. Here is a photo of Chip giving Whitney a big kiss when she caught the bouquet.
It will be three years this May since that photo was taken. Georgia and Per now have a beautiful baby boy and live in Salem MA. About 8 months ago Whitney called me to share the exciting news of her engagement to Chip. They had plans for an intimate wedding at the family's cocoa farm on St. Lucia. Of course I was all in! Whitney's mother Laura and her husband Ed graciously hosted me at their guest house on the farm where I quickly felt like I was part of the gang. Every morning, afternoon and evening we gathered on the front porch of the house where the ladies who work on the farm serve their amazing home cooked caribbean meals. The farm grows two species of cocoa as well as flowers, bananas, star fruit, and much much more. Almost all the ingredients they cooked with came from the farm. Terry, the caretaker of the farm, is one of those guys you instantly bond with and before I knew it he and I were enjoying beers late at night looking at the stars over the Piton with George Jones playing on the stereo with my two housemates for the week, Martha and Rose - two of the craziest ladies I've ever met. Crazy in a good way ;) Really? ... NO!!! (sorry folks, inside joke)
Georgia with her beautiful baby boy
Terry opened a cocoa pod for me and the white mucus was very sweet to suck on
The empty bins where they store cocoa beans during harvest. This hand carved wooden shovel is sooo heavy!!!
Cocoa beans on large drying trays. These trays can be rolled out of the building and into the hot sun to dry the beans.
The rehearsal dinner was a held at a rented house nestled on the side of Gros Piton's base, overlooking the bay between the two Pitons. I spent the morning shopping for fresh fish and other produce with Laura and Terry. Terry brought us to an auto service station that sold tires and low and behold, they also offered the best produce! So we stood amongst piles of old tires shopping for gigantic carrots. At the fishing docks the locals got a kick out of me (It may have been my oversized sunglasses that everyone's giving me crud about!) and I got some fun shots of the guys at work.
Martha Martha Martha. Martha is one of Whitney and Chip's best friends (one of my housemates on the island) and a wiz in the kitchen. She spent the day prepping and then cooked up a meal for 30 in no time. Ed chipped in a huge hand prepping the fish and working the grill and as the sun went down the guests arrived and we enjoyed the night. The house that Whitney and Chip rented is open-concept with no walls on the bay side. Each of the three bedrooms along with the kitchen, dining area and living room are all exposed to nature, giving us a breathtaking view. After dinner everyone enjoyed hanging out by the pool, enjoying the view.
This slide show is a small collection of images of the island, our shopping excursion and the rehearsal dinner. I'll be posting the wedding tomorrow.
After the climb Lidiya and Ilya were greeted by family and friends for a cliff top ceremony. We could not have asked for better weather and light! After a short portrait session on the peak we drove down to the Farm by the River for a great celebration. Here are some of my faves...
Lidiya changed dresses for the reception at the farm
This photo cracks me up!
Friends and family stormed the cake cutting for a fun shot
You'd think that a guy who lives for Sea bass, Scallops, and lobster would enjoy caviar! lol!!
Thank you Lidiya and Ilya! I can't wait to catch up with you when you get back from your 5 weeks in China. Now that's a honeymoon!!
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