The time of day - I personally love early mornings, especially for tropical adventure sessions. The beaches are clean and the tourists are at a minimum. Evenings work well too. Mid-day can be very hot and uncomfortable in some locations.
The light - Where is the light coming in relation to the desired backdrop? It's not always possible to get a sunset over the ocean, but you may be able to catch the sunrise!
Safety - I'm all for making awesome photos in beautiful locations...but safety has to be first, friends. Fast moving water in a heavy wedding dress and walking on train tracks are no-no's, for example.
Also called “day after wedding” or “adventure” sessions, the trash the dress is one of my absolute favourite to photograph. Celebrate your marriage or your first anniversary after the stress of wedding planning is over. Let the honeymoon begin with a session focused solely on the two of you!
Imagine this…you spend a year planning your wedding. You plan the decor, your flowers, and that perfect dress or suit; You imagine your guests enjoying the meal and party that you put so much thought into; and, you spend far too much time fretting over writing your own vows and the obligatory speech.
The day finally arrives and everything is running as smoothly as it should. Thank goodness you put all of those plans into place because the day is moving faster than you imagined it would! It’s a beautiful but total whirlwind of a day with timelines and expectations.
Now picture putting that dress or tux back on a day or couple of days later and heading out for a celebration just for two! The day is over and the stress is off. It’s time to enjoy each other and start that honeymoon phase!
I was a destination bride once. So I understand how stressful it can be to plan a wedding abroad. I also get the responsibility that you feel to ensure that your guests needs are being met and that they are enjoying themselves in a location picked by you. The morning that we trashed my dress on the sandy Dominican beach I let all of those worries go! I want to help you feel the same way.
ADVENTURE. Especially in the case of a resort destination, expect to leave the resort. It’s always a beautiful thing to incorporate the local culture, colours and scenes into these photos. Usually there’s no time for this on the actual wedding day. But you picked this Country for a reason – let’s highlight it! In most cases, we don’t have to go far to find the sweetest and most wonderful human beings, culture and scenes.
CARE-FREE FUN! Make out like newlyweds and like no one is watching. Roll around on the beach and get sand in your hair. Let the waves of the ocean wash over you. Then jump in the pool to top it all off!
In the case of a beach after wedding day photo shoot, very unlikely. It’s actually usually cleaner than it was when we started!
There are many different ways to “trash the dress” though. We are only limited by our imaginations. The level of trashing is really up to you!
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An outdoor in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. Complete with a tepee against a jaw dropping Northern Alberta backdrop.
A Disney inspired Sherwood Park outdoor wedding complete with a pug wearing a tuxedo and alpacas.
An Edmonton winter wedding in Millwoods. The legal ceremony days before heading to Punta Cana for the party!