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Whitney & Chip | St. Lucia Wedding Photography | Part 1

Whitney & Chip 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.

~Matt

 

Le Bleu Featured on The Bachelor

If you were channel surfing last week, or if you're a fan of the show, you probably saw ABC's The Bachelor fly his dates to Anguilla for a week long stay. Enna and I caught the episode and enjoyed it because we are quite familiar with Anguilla - we are fortunate to have photographed several weddings there. We have photographed in most of the locations featured on the Bachelor episode. The island is small enough that we know our way around quite well (okay, that's also partly due to the fact that Enna obsessed about learning every fact about Anguilla that she could before our first visit there... just ask her if you want a recommendation for the best pastries on the island). At our last wedding there, we did a Day After (aka Trash the Dress) photo session at Le Bleu Villas, where last week's Bachelor "Rose Ceremony" was held. Le Bleu and its sister property Indigo (right next door) are absolutely gorgeous venues for a wedding! We can't say enough about Anguilla and the beautiful people who live there. If you're planning a Caribbean wedding and want a place that is luxurious yet off the beaten path, definitely look at this island, and be sure to contact us as we'd love to be your photographers!

Here are a few of our favorite pictures from our photo shoot at Le Bleu, where The Bachelor's Rose Ceremony was held:

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Starr & Ross : A wedding at cap juluca , anguilla

Starr and Ross were recently married on the beautiful island of Anguilla.  It was a joy to witness their happy love, and to spend time getting to know their wonderful family and friends (and boy, those Southern boys can dance!). It has been a long time since Starr first called us to inquire about photography, and since then I have flown to their home town of Birmingham AL for their engagement session, had many phone conversations and so many more emails getting to know them, and now I am finally posting their wedding photos. It was a great journey, and as with every couple we meet and document, we post these images with mixed emotions: loving that we can share them, and sad that it's over. Enna and I loved returning to Cap Juluca for our second wedding there this year and it was very special  having their amazingly friendly staff remember us and treat us so kindly.

We were also joined by some of our best friends Alex and Julie of Elysium Productions who produced an amazing video of the day and are patiently waiting for me to make good on our Lakers/Celtics bet.  For the day after photo session we were lucky to to use the beautiful grounds of Villas Le Bleu and Indigo and had some amazing clouds as the sun set.

Thank you Starr and Ross. It has been an amazing year getting to know you and making these images for you:)

Please check out their images and leave some love:)