Hiring a Destination Wedding Photographer

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Today we’ve got a very special guest – an interview with the super talented destination wedding photographer, Photography by Kristopher.  His work speaks to his personality – a kind and caring man behind the lens whose photos reflect that light.  But he’s not just personality, this experienced photographer has shot weddings everywhere from Isla La Mujeres in Mexico to Aspen Park, Colorado, Key West, DC and he’s a regular over on Bald Head Island in North Carolina.  He’s been shooting for eight years and has collected a few first place awards to be proud of along the way.

So we asked Kristopher about hiring a destination wedding photographer and what you need to know along the way.  Here’s what he had to say!

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JF: Why should a couple take a wedding photographer on location with them?

K: One word, trust. Most of my couples hire me because they feel comfortable with entrusting me to document their wedding day.  I often encourage couples to spend time with their photographer building a relationship. This way there is a good understanding of what both parties need to make the wedding day a huge success and not a big stress.

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JF: What should couples look for when booking a destination wedding photographer?

K: Style is important, but I believe that experience should be the overwhelming factor in the decision.  Destination weddings are great, but sometimes it can be a bumpy road. Weddings that are abroad may have restrictions on how much camera gear a photographer can bring into the country. Some locations like England for example, may require a photographer to obtain a labor permit. There are lots of small details that require much planning in advance, and an experienced destination photographer will be prepared.

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JF: When traveling with a photographer, what things should couples be aware of?

K: Most photographers prefer to fly in at least 36 hours in advance, some may require more. Couples are responsible for air travel and hotel fees for the photographer and possibly a assistant/second shooter.

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JF: How can a couple take advantage of the time together on location with the photographer and get the most out of the experience?

K: To be honest that is something that I never really think about, by the time the wedding arrives I am friends with my clients. Usually have already had a cup of coffee together, spent some time talking on the phone and exchanging text messages, and possibly had an adventurous engagement shoot.  So when we are on location, great photos happen naturally, we do not have to force awkward poses, or set up fake scenarios. I am already familiar with the couple’s personality, and I know what they like.

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JF: What’s your favorite part about shooting a destination wedding?

K: For me it’s all the people that I meet and the families that I become a part of. Weddings are a celebration of the joining of two families, and much of my work is based around documenting the family members. Getting to know who a person is by the stories that their family tells you is amazing. Capturing these moments on a wedding day is what I live for.

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Thanks for sharing your expertise with our audience!

All Photos by Photography by Kristopher.

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Bride & Groom Photo Shoot in Antigua, Guatemala

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We’re back with day two of Laura Grier’s colorful adventure to Antigua, Guatemala.  The destination wedding photographer from Beautiful Day Photography and Wanderlust by Laura Grier packed up and headed to Central America to discover this stunning city and embark on an adventure with one lucky bride and groom.

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Laura shared with us a bit about her experience.  “If you are looking for an original opportunity to immerse yourself into another culture, Antigua is it. Not only can the city boast about its landmark churches and cathedrals, such as the Cathedral de Santiago, La Merced, Arco de Santa Catalina, or the Church de San Francisco (which have all been rebuilt over 17 times due to earthquakes since the sixteenth century), but it is also home to the beautiful Plaza (Parque Central) which holds outdoor markets and is famous for the processionals that pass through the Plaza during Easter.”

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“It was here that I found the old fashioned horse and buggy that I used in my bridal shoot with Diego and Maria.  You can pay just a few dollars to ride around the Central Park and most famous landmarks of  the city. Once you’ve satisfied your historical itch, the Acatenango Volcano can supply you with some of the best hiking in all of Central America. You will definitely work up an appetite after this excursion, so make sure to visit the Choco Museo afterwards (a museum devoted entirely to chocolate).”

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“Also, make your time in Antigua even more enjoyable by booking a room in one of the many breath-taking hotels that artfully weave the wonder of the city’s history with modern day luxury—such as Hotel Cirilo, Quinta de Las Flores, Posada del Angel, or Casa Santo Domingo. Make this gem-like city your next travel destination and you won’t be disappointed!”

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All Photos by Laura Grier / Beautiful Day Photography.


Costa Rica Destination Wedding

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Tiffany and Derek met on a blind date – one that ended quite well as they are joining us today to share their beautiful destination wedding!  One common love they shared was the love of both adventure and travel, so a destination wedding was the obvious choice.  The adventuresome couple got engaged in Breckenridge,Colorado – while they were snow mobiling, talk about an adventure (and quite a change in weather from their tropical destination wedding)!  The bride and groom chose to wed in Puntarenas, Costa Rica – a country they fell in love with after friends got married there.  Tiffany shared with us, “We went back again by ourselves and knew we wanted our families to experience this amazing place.” 

To bring their dream to reality, they enlisted the help of Tropical Occasions to produce the event.  Owner Aimee Monihan gave us an inside look at the experience.  “Tiffany knew she wanted a wedding that had ‘tropical elegance – a luxurious tropical feeling event with a dash of bling.’  She wanted a wedding that was classy, with a backdrop that celebrated Mother Nature, so they chose the gorgeous rain forest beach town of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Tiffany and Derek’s biggest wish was however that the event be FUN.”

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“Tiffany has a love for bling, so it was used throughout the entire design, but not overdone.  Our favorite bling was her oh so fabulous Jimmy Choo shoes and the great bling wrap on her bridal bouquet.”

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“Orchids became a central theme as well throughout design, for both floral and stationary.  A beautiful palate of fuchsia and white Phalenopsis & Dendrobiums orchids were the focal of the floral design. While accents of butter yellow, white and the sparkle were used in linens, décor and stationary. All this made for a stunning design that Tiffany described as her vision perfectly brought to life.”

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What a beautiful ceremony site!  They certainly achieved the feeling of being the beauty of nature with a little sparkle added to it.

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Then it was time for dinner, complete with a glitter clad sign for the sweetheart chairs.

This couple certainly found fun places to weave in their fun – we love these drink flags with words like “Whoopie!” on them for their tropical cocktails.

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“The fun time for guests came into play with a fun interactive photo booth, ribbon sticks to dance with and fun props to wear throughout the party. Based on the dancing and hysterical photo booth photos, the mission was well accomplished and a classy fun event for was had by all in the jungle of Costa Rica!”  Confetti was just the beginning of it all…

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For more from this fun wedding, check out the video by Jonathan Yonkers:

Congratulations Tiffany and Derek!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Comfort Studio

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner:  Tropical Occasions & Mountain Occasions, Floral Designer:  StylosyFlores, Cake Designer:  Mariposa Bakery, DJ:  Cabo Luna Event Rentals, Equipment Rentals:  Eventos Boadicea, Other:  Los Altos ResortVideography: Jonathan Yonkers


Military Trash the Dress Session

Happy Memorial Day friends!!  Today we honor and remember all those who have served around the world, fought for our freedom and gave their lives for us.  So what better a shoot to share today than this sweet destination trash the dress session, complete with his dress blues!

Mallory and Jordan were high school sweethearts in their hometown of Fillmore, Illinois.  When the two finally said “I do” over a year ago, Jordan was a cadet in the Air Force Academy.  So when he completed his course and received his dress blues, the two decided to plan a trip to Daytona Beach, FL with wedding photographer Pilster Photography to capture a new set of wedding moments and memories.

They not only hit the beach, but the water too!

And the result?  A military style trash the dress session at sea!  (I wonder what his superior officers would say about this little stunt in uniform?!) 

Congratulations (again) Mallory and Jordan and Happy Memorial Day!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Pilster Photography


Destination Wedding Photography

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Today marks the first of many posts to come that we’re calling Top Shots.  We spend so much time sifting through wedding photos, websites, and submissions and we love that time because it means we get to look at pretty things – all. day. long.  Sometimes a wedding isn’t a fit for our blog, but a photo or two or three from the event takes our breath away.  Destination weddings provide such unique backdrops and settings to capture such magical moments that we want to share with you some of those moments and images that we just can’t stop starring at!  So today we’re talking black and whites.  The timeless and romantic look of a stellar black and white wedding photo really makes that incredible moment iconic.  So enjoy a few of our recent favorites from around the web!

black and white wedding photographerPhotos: Mariachis on Dance Floor: Jillian Mitchell Photography, Couple in Hammock: via We Heart It, Couple in Storm on Beach: Robert Evans Studios, Couple Embracing: Beautiful Day Photography

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I hope these inspire you like they did me!  The above are some amazing wedding photographers who will travel the world and bring back moments like this!

If you have a photo (or several) you’d like to submit to us for a future Top Shots feature (black and white or other), please email it to us at ido{at}jetfeteblog.com.  We love looking for fabulous destination wedding photography!